San Francisco pilot program provides late-night HIV testing
A pilot program in San Francisco is aiming to gauge the popularity of late-night HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing offered by a mobile van that visits several areas of the city, reports the Bay Area Reporter. The services are offered 2-4 a.m. in the Castro, Polk, and South of Market areas of the city on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The pilot program offers oral HIV antibody testing, chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings, and needle exchange. Condoms also are available. Valerie Kegebein Rose, manager of policy and evaluation research for the city's health department, says that if the program proves to be popular, it may be established as a permanent outreach effort, or city AIDS groups may be asked to seek government funds to launch similar late-night testing programs. The pilot program is funded through a $100,000, 18-month grant from the University of California.