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Programs for men who have sex with men
Programs for other populations at risk

 
StopHep in San Francisco, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Program name: StopHep in San Francisco, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Population served: Men who have sex with men and other persons at risk
Eligibility: Anyone 18 or older
Region served: City and County of San Francisco
Funding: San Francisco Department of Public Health general fund; fees collected
Program started: Spring 2002
Number of clients: 350-450
Contact: Janet Zola, MPH
Health Educator
San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
101 Grove Street, Room 404
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 554-2790
Fax: (415) 554-2579
Email: janet.zola@sfdph.org
Website: http://www.dph.sf.ca.us/services/StopHep/StopHepSF.htm
http://www.stophep.com

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Description:

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is actively promoting hepatitis A & B prevention through immunization. A primary target for outreach and education is the MSM population. A survey of 3,600 MSM seeking HIV testing indicated that fewer than 16% had been vaccinated against hepatitis A and fewer than 20% against hepatitis B. In order to enhance the immunization rates for targeted risk populations, the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit created the following interventions.

A non-traditional shot clinic is being pilot tested for 6 months (May to Nov, 2002) at Gold’s Gym in the Castro District Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 PM to 7 PM to people 18 and over. No appointment is necessary. There is a charge for each shot ($15 for A, $20 for B, $30 for combo): only cash is accepted.

Hepatitis A and B vaccine is provided to local public health centers and private, nonprofit organizations at no charge. In exchange, the receiving organizations agree to administer the vaccine at minimal cost, to patients at accessible locations, by order of risk priority and to file semi-annual reports indicating how the vaccine was utilized.

A dramatic 30 second PSA was created and is in the process of being distributed to TV networks and local stations. It was designed without local contact information so that it can be shown anywhere in the country.

Two web sites are available for information. The national site (www.stophep.com) is available to any program wishing to be linked, especially local jurisdictions directing people on where to go to get immunized.


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