FREE HIV and Hepatitis C testing coming to Guerneville
The Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC), staffed by experienced and knowledgeable counselors and outreach workers, offers counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C on a drop-in basis, and much more, and this coming January, their Big Blue Van will becoming to Guerneville.
The Drug Abuse Alternatives Center is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families, and their mission is “Turning Lives Around by Providing Healthy Alternatives to Alcohol and other Drug Use”. They have provided thousands of people with “the tools and guidance to live a healthy and sober life.”
Their staff has the experience and expertise to “help you discover a new way to live free from the bonds of drug addiction and alcoholism” and claim they “provide a safe place to create hope, health and healing from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on both the individual and the entire family.”
Located in Northern California close to San Francisco, Sacramento and Oakland, DAAC offers “a safe environment in which to recover from the toxic effects of drug addiction and alcoholism”. They have facilities in Northern California close to San Francisco, Sacramento and Oakland, but to save those interested in preserving and improving their health from having to travel, their mobile testing and advisory van reaches out far from their permanent facilities, and in January, it’scoming to Guerneville.
Their Big Blue Van is scheduled to be at the Russian River Empowerment Center parking lot on January 4 and January 18 from 3:30 P.M. until 6 P.M. and there will be no charge for their invaluable services
Any individuals ages 12 and above are invited to come by and all services are offered with complete confidentiality and anonymity.
Included are referrals for hepatitis C testing, HIV testing performed orally with results available in 20 minutes, sexual health information and consultation, and linkage to HIV treatment and care.
Also offered are drug and alcohol treatment referrals, free condoms and lube, syringe exchange and education, risk reduction counseling, and overdose prevention.
Information regarding sexually transmitted diseases, issues of risk negotiation, communication in relationships and other related topics will also be available.
They would also like to emphasize that “evidence demonstrates that treatment not only saves lives, it also saves dollars that would otherwise be spent in other areas of medical care and social services. Every dollar invested in treatment yields a $7 savings related to crime alone. When health care costs are factored into the equation, the savings approach $12 for every $1 invested in treatment. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy: ‘Drug Abuse In America’ one year after treatment:
• Illegal drug use decreased by 50%,
• Illegal activity decreased by 60%,
• Arrests decreased by more than 60%,
• Homelessness dropped by 43%,
• Receipt of welfare reduced by 11%, and
• Employment increased by 20%.
We are all fortunate that they’re coming to our town, and would remind you to mark the times and dates on your calendar. We believe DAAC is offering us a New Year’s present that makes lots of sense.