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National Healthcare for Homeless Day: August 13th, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 General News J E 4
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 San Francisco has the highest rateof tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S., with recurrent outbreaks among the homelessand marginally housed, according to the most recent study on homelessness andTB by Harvard Medical School. Additionally, the Tenderloin has the highestrates 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 tofindings released at last week's International AIDS Society conference inMexico City, TB is one of the leading causes of AIDS mortality. In the lasttwo weeks both the World Heath Organization and Journal of the AmericanMedical Association have urged expanded screening for communities in which HIVand TB intersect. Screening for the deadly airborne bacteria is also criticalfor San Francisco homeless, as all San Francisco city shelter clients mustprovide current TB test documentation to stay in city run shelters.

"The highest rates of TB are found in the Tenderloin. Although we test allof our scheduled patients for TB, this additional outreach for screening willhelp bring more people into the folds of healthcare and treatment, which isgood for everyone. The more people we can test, the more people we can gettreated," noted St. Anthony Free Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Ana Valdes.

St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic is one of the many free, life-sustainingprograms and services of St. Anthony Foundation that helps to heal individualsand families. The Clinic provides over 12,000 patient visits annually, ofwhich approximately 25% are pediatric visits. St. Anthony Foundation is notfunded by federal, state, or local government money, and is entirely supportedby private donations.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

SOURCE St. Anthony Foundation
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