Last night I had the opportunity to sit in on a hearing at Virginia’s General Assembly Building regarding Bill H.B. 512 which relates to long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease. The Infectious Diseases Society of America currently recommends a 28-day antibiotic regimen to treat Lyme disease. Some doctors fear disciplinary action if they prescribe more. In short, H.B. 512 would allow doctors to prescribe long-term antibiotic treatments without disciplinary action.
I knew as soon as I walked up to the building that this bill could affect a lot of people. Nearly a hundred people waited in the hallway to enter the hearing in support of the bill, the majority of which suffered from chronic Lyme disease or know someone who does. I admittedly have a lot to learn about Lyme and its treatment, but until last night, I never knew how debilitating it could truly be. People can suffer with symptoms for years, including pain and fatigue.
After an hour of statements and testimony, the bill was passed over to be brought up in another session. There is still a lot to be learned about Lyme disease and it will be interesting to see what happens the next H.B. 512 hearing. Since Virginia is less affected by chronic Lyme disease and my knowledge of it is limited, I want to hear more. What do you think of long-term antibiotic regimens for Lyme?