SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2013—Knowing your current HIV status just got easier in San Francisco. In honor of National HIV Testing Day, San Francisco AIDS Foundation is launching @testmeSF on Twitter so that people can follow the location of its mobile testing van.
“This is a fantastic new way that we are helping more people in our community connect with the HIV testing and sexual health services they need,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “Many people in San Francisco rely on Twitter for news and information. We want to make sure that we’re providing them with information to improve their sexual health and let them know when our free, rapid HIV testing van is at a location near them.”
The Twitter feed tells followers where the van is headed and reminds them that testing is available in different parts of the city. The van provides services four days and evenings per week in the Castro, South of Market, Mission, Bayview, and Tenderloin neighborhoods. Test results are available in about 20 minutes. In addition to free testing and counseling, the van also offers condoms and lube, sterile syringes, and referrals for sexually transmitted infection screenings.
The mobile testing van will be located at Folsom and Dore Streets on from 9:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, June 27.
Follow @testmeSF to see when the mobile testing van is coming to a neighborhood near you, and for testing reminders, HIV health facts, and other news. To learn about San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s other HIV testing sites, visit www.sfaf.org/client-services/testing.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, go to www.sfaf.org.