SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco has the highest
rate of tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S., with recurrent outbreaks among the
homeless and marginally housed, according to the most recent study on
homelessness and TB by Harvard Medical School. Additionally, the Tenderloin
has the highest rates of TB in San Francisco. To address this health care
crisis, St. Anthony's will offer free tuberculosis screening on Wednesday
August 13th, 2008, as a part of National Health Care for the Homeless Day.
According to findings released at last week's International AIDS Society
conference in Mexico City, TB is one of the leading causes of AIDS
mortality. In the last two weeks both the World Heath Organization and
Journal of the American Medical Association have urged expanded screening
for communities in which HIV and TB intersect. Screening for the deadly
airborne bacteria is also critical for San Francisco homeless, as all San
Francisco city shelter clients must provide current TB test documentation
to stay in city run shelters.
"The highest rates of TB are found in the Tenderloin. Although we test
all of our scheduled patients for TB, this additional outreach for
screening will help bring more people into the folds of healthcare and
treatment, which is good for everyone. The more people we can test, the
more people we can get treated," noted St. Anthony Free Clinic Medical
Director, Dr. Ana Valdes.
WHEN: NATIONAL HEALTHCARE FOR THE HOMELESS DAY/TB SCREENING
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
Special Screening Hours 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: St. Anthony's (New Green Facilities)
150 Golden Gate, San Francisco
St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic is one of the many free,
life-sustaining programs and services of St. Anthony Foundation that helps
to heal individuals and families. The Clinic provides over 12,000 patient
visits annually, of which approximately 25% are pediatric visits. St.
Anthony Foundation is not funded by federal, state, or local government
money, and is entirely supported by private donations.
SOURCE St. Anthony Foundation