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BULLETSt. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.56 Disease and Disease Prevention Part III

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Chapter 11.56
Disease and Disease Prevention

PART III SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

Sections:
 
11.56.550 Sexually Transmitted Disease Service--Created.
11.56.580 Sexually Transmitted Disease Service--Special supervising nurse.
11.56.590 Sexually Transmitted Disease Service--Clinicians and other employees.
11.56.600 Sexually transmitted diseases enumerated.
11.56.630 Powers and duties of Health Commissioner.
11.56.640 Referral of patients.
11.56.650 Diagnostic, clinical and laboratory facilities.
11.56.660 Drugs to physicians.
11.56.680 Prostitutes and other suspects.
11.56.690 Spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
11.56.695 Penalty--Section 11.56.690.
11.56.710 Orders of Health Commissioner to be obeyed.
11.56.720 Reports--Required.
11.56.760 Reports to be confidential.
11.56.765 Penalty--Section 11.56.710.

See also 15.84.070

McQuillin:

24.233 Venereal diseases

11.56.550 Sexually Transmitted Disease Service--Created.

There is hereby created a service in the Communicable Disease Section of Department of Health and Hospitals, to provide for the diagnosis, treatment and control of sexually transmitted diseases which shall be under the direction of the Health Commissioner. The Health Commissioner is hereby authorized to appoint the necessary officers and employees in this division.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

V.A.M.S.:

210.030 et seq.Blood tests for syphilis

11.56.580 Sexually Transmitted Disease Service--Special supervising nurse.

There shall be one special supervising clinician. The supervising clinician shall be a graduate of a recognized school of nursing or allied health program, and shall have had at least five years practical experience in public health. The supervising clinician shall have direct control over all nurses and lab personnel and shall have such other duties as may be prescribed by the Health Commissioner and the Supervisor of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Service.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.590 Sexually Transmitted Disease Service--Clinicians and other employees.

There shall be such number of clinicians and other employees as may be fixed from time to time under the Charter and ordinances of the City. Clinicians shall be graduates of recognized schools of nursing or other allied health programs and those with public health experience shall be preferred. All clinicians shall be under the direct supervision of the supervising clinician. They shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Health Commissioner and the Supervisor of Sexually Transmitted Disease Service.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.600 Sexually transmitted diseases enumerated.

Syphilis, gonorrhea, chancroid, chlamydia trachomatis, AIDS and HIV are designated "sexually transmitted diseases" when used in this division. They are hereby recognized and declared to be contagious, infectious, communicable and dangerous to the public health.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.630 Powers and duties of Health Commissioner.

The Health Commissioner or his representative is empowered and directed:

A. To maintain a clinic for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases;

B. To use every available means of determining whether a person, suspected of being afflicted with a sexually transmitted disease, is suffering from the disease in an infectious stage;

C. To ascertain the source of the infection and cause adequate investigation to be made as to the residence of the person so afflicted whenever the diseases are found to exist. In such investigation, the Health Commissioner is vested with full power of inspection and examination, of all persons, places and things as provided herein;

D. To use every proper means of suppressing prostitution. All health officers are hereby prohibited from issuing certificates or other evidences of freedom from sexually transmitted diseases.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.640 Referral of patients.

In accordance with approved public health practice, the Health Commissioner may, when necessary, refer indigent patients residing in the City and suffering with sexually transmitted disease to private as well as municipal agencies. The Health Commissioner or her or his representative may, when necessary, refer indigent patients residing in the City of St. Louis, for treatment to dispensaries connected with St. Louis University Medical School and the School of Medicine of Washington University and to other hospitals or institutions which are approved by her or him and by the American Medical Association.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.650 Diagnostic, clinical and laboratory facilities.

The Health Commissioner may provide diagnostic, clinical and laboratory facilities and general consultation service to physicians, for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases in indigent patients.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.660 Drugs to physicians.

The Health Commissioner is authorized to supply drugs, on application, to physicians, for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases of indigent patients. The drugs to be supplied will be those deemed necessary by the Health Commissioner.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.680 Prostitutes and other suspects.

A. When any person is arrested for prostitution, public solicitation or patronizing prostitution as defined in Chapter 15.34.101 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, or for lewd or indecent conduct as defined in Section 15.30.020(1) subsection (a), (b), or (c) of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, the person shall be advised, in a manner deemed appropriate by the health commissioner, of the significant health risks associated with said activity and further shall be offered a suitable examination by a clinician of the division of health for the purpose of determining if such person has been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.

B. Any person who is convicted or who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to prostitution, public solicitation, or patronizing prostitution as defined in Section 15.34.101 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis or for lewd or indecent conduct as defined in Chapter 15.30.020(1) subsection (a), (b), or (c) of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis shall, as a condition of sentencing, be ordered by the court to undergo testing for exposure to for HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Such testing shall be conducted by the division of health within 30 days of the court order.

C. After the defendant has been tested in accordance with subsection B of this section, the division of health shall immediately transmit a notice to the court that said requirement has been met. The division of health, shall notify the defendant immediately of the result of said test and shall maintain a record of the manner in which notification was made. The confidentiality of this record shall be maintained in accordance with state statute.
(Ord. 64300 1, 1997: prior: Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.690 Spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

It shall be unlawful for any person, knowing himself to be venereally infected, to inoculate any other person with any sexually transmitted disease or to perform or commit any act which exposes any other person to inoculation of or infection with any of such diseases.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.695 Penalty--Section 11.56.690.

A. Any person found guilty of violating Section 11.56.690 shall be fined an amount of not less than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). For any subsequent violation of said section, a fine of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) shall be mandatory.

B. The judge may, in lieu of fine, impose no less than 40 hours of community service for persons convicted of violating Section 11.56.690 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis.
(Ord. 63633 5 (part), 1996.)

11.56.710 Orders of Health Commissioner to be obeyed.

It shall be unlawful for any person to neglect or refuse to obey any order of the Health Commissioner authorized by this part or to interfere with or obstruct the Health Commissioner, or his representative, in the performance of the duties herein required.
(Ord. 63633 6 (part), 1996.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9735

11.56.720 Reports--Required.

It shall be the duty of every physician, person treating sexually transmitted disease, superintendent or principal directing officer of a hospital or dispensary or other institution devoted to the care of the sick in the City to notify the Health Commissioner, on a form furnished by him, of any individual with sexually transmitted disease under his care or supervision.

This report shall state the name or number, age, sex, race, occupation of diseased person, if known, the character and previous duration of the disease and the probable source of infection, if known.

This report shall be mailed within the time periods set forth in Section 11.56.190.
(Ord. 63633 6 (part), 1996.)

11.56.760 Reports to be confidential.

All information and reports concerning persons infected with sexually transmitted diseases shall be confidential and shall be inaccessible to the public except insofar as publicity may attend the performance of the duty imposed upon the Health Commissioner by this division or the laws of the state.
(Ord. 63633 6 (part), 1996.)

11.56.765 Penalty--Section 11.56.710.

A. Any person found guilty of violating Section 11.56.710 shall be fined an amount of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). For any subsequent violation of said section, a fine of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) shall be mandatory.

B. The judge may, in lieu of fine, impose no less than 30 hours of community service for persons convicted of violating Section 11.56.710 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis.
(Ord. 63633 6 (part), 1996.)

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