The Sexually Transmitted Disease Program

Organization and Role of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program

The STD Program operates an integrated STD/HIV infection service. Such integration is necessary for optimal client care because of the coexistence of STD in many clients and the frequent interaction of multiple infections in clients.

The Marion County Health Department STD Program is jointly funded by the Marion County Health Department and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (through grants awarded to the Indiana Department of Health).

The role of the STD Program is to reduce the impact of STDs in the community by:

  • reducing the incidence of disease
  • reducing the duration of infection thus reducing the complications and the anxiety associated with infection
  • reducing the net costs of managing individual cases through early intervention

The functions of the STD Program are:

  • improving clinical care
  • improving laboratory diagnosis
  • providing resources for disease research
  • implementing control strategies

Clinic Services

The primary role of the Bell Flower Clinic is to facilitate the functions of the STD Program, providing inexpensive, confidential counseling, testing and treatment for all STDs.

Specific activities of the Bell Flower Clinic include:

  • district wide consultation to clinicians on diagnosis and management of STDs
  • high quality care is provided for one third of the population infected with STDs in central Indiana
  • contact tracing for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, non-gonococal urithritis and HIV
  • risk reduction counseling
  • counseling and referral service for HIV

Location

The Bell Flower Clinic
1101 West Tenth Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Clinic Hours

Monday 7:45 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:45 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

Clients are to call the appointment line (317-221-8300) the morning of the day they want to attend the clinic.

Training and Education

Professional

Staff are available to perform in-services for health-care professionals with regards to:

  • Testing and Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Examinations
  • Disease Reporting
  • Case Management
  • Disease Investigation

Public

Speakers are available for schools, community groups and civic organizations to discuss STD topics such as:

  • Disease Prevention/Risk Reduction
  • General STD Knowledge

Health Fairs

The STD Program participates in several health fairs each year. Health fair booths are staffed by STD professionals. The booths offer a variety of STD pamphlets and brochures, and present an interactive activity geared to demonstrate the risks associated with STDs.

Educational activities can be tailored to any need. Other activities which are available for educational presentations are Syphilis and HIV screening and free condoms.

Consultant Services

The STD Program provides advice and support to health-care providers with regards to all aspects of individual client management, disease reporting, as well as epidemiological and statistical information.