Quick results oral HIV test donated
to save time and worry
June 24, 2006
A new HIV test for those repelled by needles and too frightened
to come back later for results was available in San Francisco
A simple gum swab is used and results are available in 30 minutes
to less than an hour, explained the donating manufacturer.
Gum swab demonstrated
City officials Thursday spotlighted awareness of the easy test
during Pride 2006 Week.
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
In observance of the National Association of People with AIDS'
(NAPWA) National HIV Testing Day 2006, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor
Bevan Dufty, and Public Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz, held a
press conference at the UCSF AIDS Health Project, to kick off
a campaign designed to generate awareness for the need for rapid
Castro District Supervisor Bevan Dufty hails user friendly test
with, from left, Eric Ciasullo, OraSure vice president for government
affairs; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and City Health Department
Director Dr. Mitch Katz.
National HIV Testing Day, held every year on June 27, is a NAPWA
initiative that sends the message from people living with AIDS
to those at risk to "Take the Test. Take Control." The
Mayor took the opportunity to also thank and acknowledge OraSure
Technologies, for their generous donation of 500 OraQuick ADVANCE
Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test to the city of San Francisco.
NAPWA's Mayors Campaign Against HIV is a national call to action
to mayors and their constituents to get tested for HIV on National
HIV Testing Day and promote the benefits of knowing ones' HIV
NAPWA and OraSure Technologies, manufacturer of the OraQuick
ADVANCE Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test, are partnering with city
public health departments and community-based organizations as
part of this nationwide effort.
"HIV has disproportionately impacted San Francisco since
the 1980's and remains extremely prevalent, affecting people regardless
of race, age, sex, gender, and orientation," said Mayor Newsom.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
"I want to thank organizations like the National Association
of People with AIDS and OraSure Technologies for their commitment
to bringing awareness to San Francisco," Newsom added, "I
encourage San Franciscans to get tested for HIV on National HIV
Supervisor Dufty, a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and
prevention added, "Now more then ever, being informed and
aware of one's status helps to make the right choices for the
According to the Department of Public Health, as of December
2004, San Francisco ranked fourth amongst metropolitan cities
in the cumulative number of cases of AIDS and seventh in the AIDS
As of today, there are an estimated 18,735 person living with
AIDS/HIV in San Francisco. This includes 8,669 persons living
with AIDS, 6,084 living with HIV, and approximately 3,982 who
are HIV positive.
The Department of Public Health's 2005 Annual report and the
Quarterly AIDS report indicate that an estimated 977 individuals
will acquire HIV in 2006 in San Francisco.
The largest proportion of cases remains among men who have sex
with men (MSM), followed by MSM who inject drugs. Together, they
account for 85% of persons living with AIDS or recently diagnosed
Founded in 1983, NAPWA is the oldest national AIDS organization
in the United States, and the oldest national network of people
living with HIV/AIDS in the world. NAPWA has been, and continues
to be, an essential voice in HIV/AIDS.