FREE AND ANONYMOUS RAPID HIV ANTIBODY TESTING SITES
There are currently fewer sites for HIV testing than there have been
in the past. Note listings beyond Sonoma County may charge a fee for testing.
Call the phone numbers listed to confirm hours and fees.
10 to 11 AM
Santa Rosa Free Clinic
465 "A" Street
12 TO 5:30 PM
Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
2403 Professional Drive, Suite 103
(Near the County Administration Center)
544-3295, Ext 342
1 TO 4 PM
Face to Face, 873 Second Street, Santa Rosa
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
St. Vincent's Kitchen
610 Wilson Street,
5 TO 7:30 PM
Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
2403 Professional Drive, Suite 103
(Near the County Administration Center)
544-3295, Ext 342
Marin AIDS Project
Free, confidential rapid HIV testing is available at Marin AIDS Project.
The entire rapid testing process takes about twenty minutes
with the results provided at the end of the session.
The results will either be negative or "preliminary positive."
If someone tests "preliminary positive,"
they need to return a week later for a confirmatory test result.
Testing is done on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Appointments are recommended.
For more information about rapid HIV testing,
and/or to schedule an appointment, please call (415) 499-7515
Marin Health & Human Services
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Services
3260 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael, CA 94901
STD Reception Line: (415) 473-4400
STD Clinic Drop-In Start Times:
Mondays at 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Wednesday at 4:30 - 8:00 PM
Fridays at 8:00 - 11:00 AM Men & Women
Men & Women
As the medical component of the STD Prevention and Control Program,
the clinic provides confidential services to clients, including:
testing for STD's, diagnosis, treatment, examination,
counseling/case management, partner follow-up, and certain family planning services.
This is a drop-in clinic with no appointments.
Drop-in clinic services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
with a limited number of spaces each day.
We encourage you to arrive before the start of the clinic
and cannot guarantee that everyone will be seen that day.
Please call 473-4400 for current cash pay prices on STD services and testing.
Testing includes: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV,
and cultures of any present sores or lesions.
Services are free for ages 12-17.
Mendocino County Health Department
1120 South Dora Street, Ukiah, CA
HIV Testing and Counseling
Provides free anonymous and confidential HIV testing
and counseling services to individuals upon request.
The schedule may vary, so please call 472-2700,
800 734-7793 or 964-4713 for information and an appointment.
Services are provided at the Mendocino County Health Department
and at drop-in sites throughout the County.
For HIV testing and counseling in Ft. Bragg,
Laytonville and Covelo call 962-0350 for info
The HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and Planning Project provides HIV/AIDS
education and prevention outreach to groups and individuals
in the community to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Lake County HIV Prevention
Community Planning Group Coordinates and plans the HIV/AIDS education
and prevention efforts in the county and is open to all Lake County residents.
Monday 9:00-11:00 in Lakeport at 922 Bevins Court
Michele Paulet, RN, Coordinator
707-263-1090 or 707-994-9433
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
922 Bevins Court, Lakeport CA
Napa County Health & Human Services Agency
2344 Old Sonoma Rd. Bldg. G, Napa, Ca.
Drop-in anonymous HIV antibody testing is on
Thursdays - 1 pm to 3 pm.
Results are available two weeks later on Thursdays - 3 pm to 4 pm.
STD testing by appointment only is on Mondays and Wednesdays
$5.00 for visit and fee varies if medication needed.
Solano County Health Department
HIV Testing Clinics: For information on Solano County Health Department HIV test
sites and availability of Spanish speaking counselors call 707-553-5557.
2101 Courage Drive, Fairfield, Ca.
5 to 7PM on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
355 Tuolumne, Vallejo, Ca.
5 to 7PM on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
DUE TO STATE BUDGET CUTS HIV TESTING AT THE FAIRFIELD AND VALLEJO CLINICS
MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME. CALL PETER TURNER AT 707-553-5557
FOR THE CURRENT STATUS OF TESTING IN THESE CLINICS
AND ANY TESTING BEING DONE BY PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY.
STD Testing Clinics: Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Screening and Treatment is available through Family Health Services
at the Solano County Health Department clinics listed below.
The clinics are drop-in. $20 is requested for exam and medicine given that day.
2101 Courage Drive, Fairfield, Ca.
Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
355 Tuolumne, Vallejo, Ca.
Fridays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Confidential testing for HIV and other STDs.
Planned Parenthood offers OraQuick® rapid HIV testing.
Results the same day!
OraQuick® is an FDA approved rapid point-of-care oral fluid test
used to aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 and 2 infection.
For more information on rapid testing google "rapid HIV testing."
Call the clinic closest to you for times and fees (if any):
1325 Travis Blvd., #C, Fairfield, Ca.
Vacaville Health Center
600 Nut Tree Rd., Suite 340, Vacaville, Ca.
990 Broadway, Vallejo, Ca.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Community HIV Counseling & Testing Services
Appointments are not necessary.
Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis,
and clinic registration is held during the first hour of each clinic until it is full.
Schedules are subject to change.
To confirm days and locations, call 925-313-6771. (Updated April 2011)
STD Line: 1-800-479-9664
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Home Depot
11939 San Pablo Avenue
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza
Willow Pass Road
2 - 3:30 p.m. Near Amtrak Station
1st Street at "I" Street
1 - 3:30 p.m. Neighborhood House of North Richmond
820 23rd Street
6 - 8 p.m. Rainbow Community Center
3024 Willow Pass Road (Rear entrance)
|"The people HAVE the power. All we have to do is remind them that they have the power." - John Lennon
The Black Cat Cafe on
Montgomery Street became
home in the 1950's to a Gay
drag revue starring Jose Sarria.
Sarria was born in San
Francisco and performed each
Sunday afternoon for fifteen
years to full houses of 250 or
more, using his role as Madame
Butterfly to sermonize about
homosexual rights and leading
a sing-along of “God Save the
When it finally closed in 1963,
The Black Cat had broken the
barriers that prevented overtly
Gay bars from existing freely.
A 1951 California Supreme
Court decision banned the
closing down of a bar simply
because homosexuals were the
Manuel Castells convincingly
argues in The Grassroots and
the City that The Black Cat had
also established an important
cultural precedent for the Gay
community: fun and humor.
As the community developed,
feasts, celebrations, street
parties, public and private bars,
and bathhouses and sex clubs,
became the important forms of
cultural expression and
sociability, which in turn
strongly influenced other
communities in San Francisco
- Chris Carlsson
More Still More
Before & After Harvey
NOVEMBER 6 AND 20 IN SAUSALITO
Marin Men 4 Men Group
Offers Supportive Community
The Men-4-Men Community Group meets the 1st and
3rd Thursdays of the month - next gathering is
November 6, from 7 to 9 PM, a free, on-going,
drop-in peer support group for
gay-identified men, at the
Marin AIDS Project,
910 Irwin Street,
Experience a sense of
community based on heart-felt connections in a safe
and supportive environment.
Mark Olver is Facilitator.
Sonoma Boys Night Out
The Information, Event & Community Site
For Gay, Bi & Questioning Men in the San Francisco North Bay Area
The Four Points by Sheraton at 1010 Northgate Drive in
San Rafael is home for the Marin monthly men’s gay
and bi mixer, Monday, November 24, from 5:30 - 8 PM.
Join a great group of guys for
cocktails and chit chat.
Inexpensive wine and
beer, delicious cocktails
and free hor d'oerves will
set the stage for a great
evening. Enjoy drinks and
make friends outside
by the pool.
This Monthly Mixer, on the fourth Monday of each
month, is sponsored by Marin Life, and has been a
monthly feature of LGBT life in Marin for over 5 years.
It's open to gay and bi men of all ages, but alcohol for
men over 21 please!
Any questions should be directed to Andy Fyne
NOVEMBER 24 IN SAN RAFAEL
Monthly Men's Marin Mixer
THURSDAY IN SANTA ROSA
Men's Sex Addicts
Support Group Meets
The next Pizza Happy Hour for the
LGBT community in Solano and
5:30 PM to
7:30 PM at
Pizza , 2401
Suite A, in
This is a great way for you to meet,
relax, socialize, and have fun with
new and old friends.
This is a no-host event.
NOVEMBER 19 IN FAIRFIELD
Pizza Happy Hour
I release any and all shame and fear that
resides within me around being gay. No
matter how "out" I am in my world, I pause
and recognize that there may still be pockets
of pain within my consciousness due to
growing up in a homophobic society. I
breathe love into these pockets and allow an
even deeper experience of healing within
my body, mind and emotions. As I allow
myself to be cleansed of all shame I become
a larger channel of support for others who
are still trapped in pain, loneliness and
isolation. How good it is to be of service to
the idea and ultimate experience of freedom.
Spectrum LGBTQ Center, based in San Rafael, is hosting groups
for LGBTQ seniors in Sonoma County.
In Sonoma the group meets the third Friday of each
month, the next gathering is Friday, November 21, with
social time from 10-10:30 AM and facilitated discussion
from 10:30 AM to Noon at the Sonoma Community Center,
at 276 E. Napa Street in Sonoma.
On the fourth Tuesday of the month a group gathers
in Santa Rosa, social from 1-1:30 and facilitated
discussoo d from 1:30 PM to 3 PM at the Glaser Center
at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547
Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. The next gathering
is November 25
For more information call Coordinators: Gary “Buz”
Hermes at (707) 227-6935 or email
NOVEMBER 21 IN SONOMA / NOVEMBER 25 SANTA ROSA
LGBTQ 55+er's Meet
Outbeat Radio is the LGBT presence on KRCB Radio 91 FM, the PBS TV and radio affiliate in
Sonoma County. Every Sunday at 8 PM a different team of local LGBT producers present
programming with specific perspectives and subjects.
LIVING PROOF airs the first Sunday of each month. Hosts
Sheridan Gold and Dianna Grayer explore the ups and downs of relationships and life. Guests
share their stories about coming out and other life experiences. Each guest is living proof that
our community is diverse, vibrant, and alive. You can contact the hosts at living firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTBEAT MUSIC – The Sunnyside,
broadcasts the second Sunday of each
month. Host Sun Bell features LGBT
recorded music, interviews, and live
performances. Tune in for giveaways
through call-ins and contests.
Musicians are invited to send in their
CDs or mp3s. Contact the host at
OUTBEAT COLLAGE – Out In the Arts, happens the third Sunday of each month. Hosts Gary
Carnivele and Mark Prell interview local LGBT artisits, filmmakers, performers, musicians and
writers about their work. The show also fatures Outbeat’s Arts and Entertianment calendar.
Contact the hosts at email@example.com.
OUTBEAT NOW! Airs on the fourth Sunday of each month. Hosts Jeff Basham, Joel Bellagio,
and Greg Miragalia present a contemporary public affairs program covering current issues
and events impacting the LGBT community. The show includes, Outbeat Youth featuring
stories for and about queer youth. Contact the hosts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have news to share or ideas for future shows, eMail Outbeat at email@example.com.
To stream KRCB click on the Outbeat Salon banner below.
SUNDAYS ON KRCB
Outbeat Radio Brings LGBT News,
Entertainment to the North Bay
The Billys (nee, The Billy Club) are a growing family of
friends and neighbors, mostly gay men (but not all)
centered in Northern California. Many live in the country,
some Billys would like to,
and others enjoy the
a retreat in nature
for just the weekend.
The Billys are NOT . . .
the Goat Herders
a radical splinter group
of police baton
a sex club, a gaggle
of Lady Holiday's
enraptured fans, or a
lesbian tennis team.
The Billys include a diverse range of ages, body types, ethnic
backgrounds, occupations and interests. Many would claim to be
spiritually oriented, and this spirit may manifest in different ways:
Pagan, Episcopal, Jewish, Sufi, Buddhist or nature worshiper, for
starters. Mostly, they enjoy each others' company, and the things
they cook up when they bring their energy and talents together.
The group puts on several large gatherings throughout the year, and
smaller local social potlucks, with an abnormally large number of
attractive and fascinating men at each and every one! Gatherings
are created and sustained by Billy energy. A gathering is set up and
run smoothly by the loving intention of a Billy volunteer staff. Every
step of the way, participation is needed. That means that helping in
the kitchen and the dish sink are part of the gig for everyone - plus
its a way to meet cute guys and be an important part of Billy energy.
There is usually a bunch of organized activities. Workshops,
classes and self-discovery groups are offered by Billy teachers.
Outrageously ridiculous No-Talent shows are created. The realm of
ritual and communal expression is explored. Billys sit gently
together in Heart Circle, revealing their fears and beauty, telling
tales of horror and wonder from the rich and colorful quilt that is
woven out of everyone's individual lives. And there's also a LOT of
just hanging out.
Gatherings are times to slow down, relax, de-pressurize, make new
friends, yack and gossip, hug a lot, run around naked if you want,
and enjoy being intimate with other men.
The Billy headquarters have moved from Ukiah
to metropolitan Santa Rosa where they are ensconced, camped out,
and, um, maybe " billyted" at 1100 Coddingtown Center, Suite 3.
For more information call the office at 707.545.1044, email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Billyclub.Org
WHO ARE THE BILLYS
. . . And Why Do
They Have A Club?
The next Senior Men's Brown Bag Lunch Discussion is
Thursday, December 11, from Noon to 1:30 PM at the
Spectrum LGBT Center, 30 North San Pedro Road, Suite
160, San Rafael.
The group meets the second
Thursday of each month.
For more info contact Cristin
Brew at 415-457-1115 x203 or email
DECEMBER 11 IN SAN RAFAEL
Men's Brown Bag Lunch
"It Gets Better" Campaign
Spreads Across the Internet
An openly Gay Ft. Worth Texas
city councilman's address to the
council on bullying in schools
now has over 2 million hits on
You Tube reaching out to
teenagers. YouTube also
carries a variety of videos
interviewing the councilman
including NBC, MSNBC and CNN.
Burns can be contacted at
Ft. Worth councilman Joel Burns (left)
and his long time partner J.D. Angle
Welcome to Sonoma Boys Night Out
SBNO is a not-for-profit site, which accepts no advertising, and exists solely to promote a variety of events and activities
in the San Francisco North Bay area of interest to Gay, Bi & Questioning men. Send information on your events to
email@example.com It's Your Community . . . .
Free HIV testing, with results in 20 minutes,
are being offered in Santa Rosa at four
locations on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Fridays and five different times during
Check the locations and hours at the
bottom of this page, along with listings
for other North Bay counties.
FREE IN SANTA ROSA
Rapid Results HIV Tests Offered
NOVEMBER 12 IN SAN RAFAEL
Coffee, Conversation & Community
"Tales" As Documentary
A lot of people, even today, speak of “Tales of the
City” as if it’s some kind of utopian fantasy - that
people don’t actually relate to each other in this way.
The truth is that even 20 years ago I had relationships
that paralleled those in “Tales of the City.” I had a
number of straight male friends and straight female
friends. I didn’t know as many lesbians as I do today
because in those days the Gay culture was very rigidly
split. Men and women had not come together in the
way that they have today, thankfully.
But the world I was writing about in San Francisco did
exist and has existed in San Francisco for a long time.
And what’s thrilling about it is that the world is finally
catching up with the City. What we wrote about 20
years ago, what I wrote about 20 years ago, is coming
true across the country. And that’s why the stories are
so popular today.
There is a certain nostalgia quality that they offer.
But I think they are very powerful because they are
describing how people today are beginning to live and
they provide sort of a blue print for how that can be
- Armistead Maupin (1998), author, “Tales of the City”
November 24 - Men's Monthly Mixer In Marin - San Rafael
November 25 - LGBTQ 55+'s Gather - Santa Rosa
November 28 - Sonoma GayDar Holiday Party Season Kick Off
December 1 - Napa Unity League Meets
December 6 - SF Gay Men's Chorus For the Holidays - Santa Rosa
Join the Napa Valley Unity
League at their Mixer &
Meeting Monday, December 1,
from 6 to 8 pm at the
500 Lincoln Avenue, Napa,
2nd Floor of the Clubhouse
Enjoy nibbles prepared in the
exclusive Napa Valley Unity
League kitchens (well, maybe
just purchased at local grocery
Meet great folks and find out
what's going on in the Napa
Valley and the surrounding
$5.00 SUGGESTED donation
to help cover food and room
Invite your friends! The
Facebook event page is at
With Us Often
As We Rebuild
Eveyone needs the opportunity
to gather with other LGBT people,
to be who we are, and to share
This new group for LGBT seniors
meets the 2nd Wednesday of the
month, from Noon to 2 PM at the
Novato Human Needs Center,
1907 Novato Blvd., in Novato.
You may come once or each time. You do not need to be a member or
join anything, and there is no fee. We will gather informally for a brown
bag lunch (optional) and then follow with a different topic for discussion
Whether you are in the closet or out, partnered or single, shy or
outgoing, we hope you will join us for this opportunity to get to know
each other and build community.
Brown Bag Lunch (optional): 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM (Coffee and Cookies
Provided) Facilitated Discussion: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Aging and LGBT Though we can find many books on child
development, there are few guides to aging and even less on aging as an
LGBT person. Though we face the same issues of health, mobility,
housing, loss, financial security, etc. as straight seniors, LGBT seniors
face the added challenges of discrimination, a lack of recognition of our
relationships, homophobia, and transphobia. Yet we have also developed
strengths that may serve us well in aging.
December 6 @ Wells Fargo Center In Santa Rosa
SF Gay Men's Chorus
Comes Home For the Holidays
Sex Addicts Anonymous offer meetings for
men every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 PM, at
the Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
547 Mendocino Avenue, Room 3,
in Santa Rosa.
A speaker makes a presentation
on the 1st and 3rd Thursday
of the month.
If you are a sex addict, or
think you may be one, you
are welcome to attend.
Meeting formats vary, but all meetings are
open to those who have a desire to stop
addictive sexual behavior.
The acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) returns to
Santa Rosa with its annual holiday celebration December 6 at 7:30 at
the Wells Fargo Center.
This festive, heart-warming
and simply not-to-be-missed
extravaganza features the
traditional favorites along
with some new works
including a stunning world
premiere by Ola Gjeilo, one
of America’s most prominent
With appearances by Santa,
his elves and reindeer, a 1980′s nativity scene and an
ugly sweater parade, the evening will certainly keep you entertained!
In the spirit of the season, a portion of the proceeds from the concert
will also benefit Sonoma County’s Face to Face working to end HIV in
Sonoma County and support those living with HIV/AIDS.
SFGMC has been shining brightly for more than 37 years and has
performed over 1,000 concerts at iconic venues such as Louise M.
Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco War Memorial, the historic
Castro Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the world-renowned
Tickets are $25, $40 and $50 and are available on line HERE
Join the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar on Sunday,
November 2, for a fabulous afternoon of film, food
and drink in St. Helena.
First, drop by Gott's Roadside (933 Main Street, St.
Helena) where they will gather fo lunch starting
around 1:00 pm.
Next, they'll head down to the Cameo Cinema (1340
Main Street, St. Helena) to attend the 3:00 pm
screening of Pride (2014 film).
Here's how CBS described the film:
"There is so much "inspired by a true story" crap
churned out in Hollywood that when the genuine
article appears, it's a shock. Such a movie is Pride,
a Brit dramedy that is a crowd-pleaser in the best
sense of the word. Even when it's tugging hard at
your heartstrings, you believe the damn thing. It's
the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power
and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike,
prompting a London-based group of gay and
lesbian activists to raise money to support the
strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the
group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and
sets off to make their donation in person. As the
strike drags on, the two groups discover that
standing together makes for the strongest union of
Following the film the group will head over to Ana's
Cantina (1205 Main Street, St. Helena) to talk about
the film and enjoy a cocktail and Ana's unique
View the PRIDE trailer here:
November 2 In St. Helena
Lunch and PRIDE
Screening Gay Bar Event
NOVEMBER 28 In GLEN ELLEN
Sonoma GayDar Kicks Off
Holiday Party Season With
Aventine Glen Ellen Opener
Join Sonoma GayDar for cocktails in the bar as they
celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season Friday,
November 28, at 8 PM at Aventine Glen Ellen, 14301
Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen.
Occupying the Grist Mill, one of the oldest and most
historic sites of Sonoma Valley, Aventine Glen Ellen
draws upon the history and tradition of the Italian
Osteria, with classic cuisine updated to incorporate
local-sourced ingredients and reflect the vibrancy of
Glen Ellen and Sonoma Valley.
If you are planning to do dinner, please make sure to
call and make reservations at 707- 934-8911.
SONOMA GAY DAR FACEBOOK
Join Santa Rosa GayDar Friday, January 9, from 5 to 9 PM, in
celebrating their second year of gatherings, with their first
at the Hyatt and will continue to return to celebrate their
milestones. The Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel is located at
170 Railroad St, Santa Rosa.
All will gather in the lobby for a free wine pouring and the
lobby bar will be open to serve basic cocktails, beer and
wines. The event does not officially start till 5:00pm, but
come early as the wine tasting will actually start at 4:00pm.
Gather with old Santa Rosa GayDar friends and meet new
ones, bring a friend, partner, or loved one and join up in
the main lobby. Look for the "Welcome Santa Rosa GayDar"
To make reservations at the "Brasserie Restaurant” for
dinner or check the menu click HERE.
JANUARY 9 IN SANTA ROSA
Santa Rosa GayDar Celebrates
Two Years of Gatherings
At the Hyatt Vineyard Creek