HIV/STD Prevention Program
The HIV / STD Prevention Program focuses on efforts and activities that prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infection across Baltimore City.
The program operates two categorical STD Clinics. These clinics provide testing, diagnosis and treatment for most commonly occurring STDs. The clinics also provide family planning services, Ryan White primary care services for HIV positive clients, and hepatitis B immunization through the Vaccine for Children’s program. The programs provide services for more than 30,000 patient visits per year.
All morbidity for reportable STDs for Baltimore residents is reported to the Baltimore City STD/HIV Prevention Program. Based on these reports, the program determines whether further follow-up is required. Currently, the program provides follow-up to ensure treatment for persons with syphilis, and women with gonorrhea who are reported from the private medical sector. All persons with syphilis are interviewed in an effort to ensure that all of their potentially exposed sex partners are treated. Partner counseling and referral services are also provided for persons with HIV.
In addition, the program operates an outreach testing program that provides testing for syphilis and HIV in areas of high morbidity throughout Baltimore City. The outreach staff work out of mobile vans in areas where disease transmission is likely to be relatively high or to have recently occurred.
The program also provides health education services to schools and community groups upon request. Health educators are available to provide presentations on STDs and HIV. Several program staff are faculty of the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, which provides STD education to hundreds of health care providers each year.
HIV/STD Prevention Program Links
Address: Baltimore City Health Department
Bureau of HIV/STD Services
1001 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
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