Amy Worden reports:
State Sen. Larry Farnese wants to ensure that government-mandated physical exams are an equal opportunity invader of privacy.
Farnese (D., Phila.) says he plans to introduce a bill next week requiring men combating erectile dysfunction (ED) to undergo similar tests.
Farnese’s legislation would require male patients to:
- Be given a full prostate exam and undergo a cardiac stress test.
- Submit a signed affidavit from a sexual partner stating that the patient suffers from erectile dysfunction.
- Participate in sex therapy to determine if there are nonphysical reasons for the individual’s condition.
- Watch a video detailing the side effects of erectile-dysfunction medication.
The bill also would require physicians to provide the patient with written proof that he will benefit from using the medication and that there are no other potential medical or psychological causes of his impotence.