The Hillcrest storefront provides free HIV and STD testing.
The Good To Go program, provided by UC San Diego Health, is set to re-open for services on Monday, Jan. 11. The storefront had been closed since mid-2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Good To Go is a sex-positive public health campaign providing testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases once every 3 months at no cost to people who are highly vulnerable to HIV (HIV status unknown or negative since last test). Eligible participants are age 18+, a resident of San Diego County or bordering regions, and identify as a person assigned male at birth or transgender female having sex with a person assigned male at birth.
Once tested through the program, participants are provided with treatment and prevention services. Good To Go's goal is to provide testing and treatment to prevent new HIV transmissions in the community and because STDs can increase the risk of HIV transmission, they test and treat those, too.
"From our standpoint, you are 'Good To Go' when you KNOW your status, and have a treatment or prevention plan in place to enjoy a healthy sex life," says a post on the Good To Go website.
The re-opening will include a number of COVD-19 precautions which are listed below:
No walk-ins or online scheduling available.
You can call (619) 543-9340 now to schedule a phone screening, then your testing visit will be scheduled within 1 business day of your phone screening.
Upon arrival for your test, wait outside until you are called; no waiting inside the lobby.
Arrive on-time; if you are more than 5 minutes late, you will have to reschedule.
Face coverings are required.
Practice physical distancing whenever possible.
At Good To Go, you must pass a COVID-19 symptoms & temperature screening before being tested.
Due to limited staffing and capacity, you may be referred out for STI treatment.