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
SEPTEMBER 4 AND 18 AND 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
September 18, 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, September 22, 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
SEPTEMBER 22 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.
SEPTEMBER 17 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, September 19, 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 January 28.
For more information call Coordinators: Gary “Buz”
Hermes at (707) 227-6935 or email
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 SONOMA and TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
If you have news to share or ideas for future shows, eMail Outbeat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
email@example.com, 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, October 9, 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
OCTOBER 9 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
OCTOBER 8 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”
September 17 - LGBTQ Pizza Night - Fairfield - See Below
September 19 - LGBT 55+'ers Meet In Sonoma - See Below
September 22 - Men's Mixer In Marin - San Rafael - See Below
October 6 - Napa Unity League Meets - See Below
October 24, 25 - OUT Watch LGBT Film Fest - Sebastopol
See Calendar For More Events
Join the Napa Valley Unity
League at their Mixer &
Meeting Monday, October 6,
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
OUT Watch, Wine Country's LGBTQI Film Festival, screens October 24
& 25, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. 282 S High St, Sebastopol.
This year's celebration continues to bring excellent films to the entire
Included in this year's film slate are:
• Blackbird a black Southern choir boy is trying to save his soul
while having dreams he thinks God would not approve of. He ends
up in 2 different plays/ films that bring things to a head. Stars
Mo'nique. (USA) Opening Night
• Tru Love, a film about the unlikely romance that unfolds between
a serial dating Lesbian in her 30s and the 70 year-old mother of one of
her exes. (Canadian) Closing Night
• Anita's Last Cha-Cha tells a story of a 12-year-old tomboy who
gets a hopeless crush on an older stunner. It is a lightly handled tale
of sexual confusion and pubescent rebellion. Set against the backdrop
of a Filipino fertility celebration, it deals with questions of culture and
being different in a masterful way. (Philippines) Saturday day
• Drunktown's Finest, follows the lives of three Native Americans
as they intersect... One of whom is a two-spirited Trans woman who
is very proud of her culture and traditions and hopes to qualify as a
pinup for the “Women of the Navajo” calendar. Drunktown’s Finest is a
refreshingly unique view of an often-overlooked culture. (USA,
Navajo) Saturday day
• Do I Sound Gay is a documentary about a man who has
always been self conscious about "sounding gay". He decides that
the only way to confront his demons about his "gay voice " is to
embrace them and see what happens. Featuring comments by many
Gay Icons. (USA) Saturday day
Come for the closing night film and join in a DJ fueled good time at the
In addition to films, OUT Watch offers a VIP Reception opening night
where all Pass Holders can meet the producers, sponsors and
surprise guests while sharing wine and small bites.
Check out our new web site. www.outwatchfilmfest.org. You can
read longer descriptions, watch the trailers, buy your tickets
through Brown Paper Tickets.
Tickets: All Film Pass $60 Closing Night $20 $10/film
OUT Watch, Wine Country LGBTQI
Film Festival October 24 & 25
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
October 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.
The next program in the
Face to Face film series is the
double feature of the documentary
The Dog showing with
Dog Day Afternoon at
Rialto Cinemas® , Thursday,
September 18, 6868 McKinley
Drive, in Sebastopol.
Dog Day Afternoon won the Oscar
for Best Original Screenplay,
with Al Pacino nominated for
Leading Actor, Chris Sarandon,
for Supperting Actor. The fil also received nominations for Best Director and Best Film
Dog Day Afternoon is the story of a man who robs a bank to pay for his lover's sex change
operation which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
The Dog, was filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and
Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era
interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role,
the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he
is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank
For tickets visit Rialto Cinemas website at www.rialtocinemas.com. Enter the promotional
code F2FLCT at check-out and receive a $2 discount per ticket. Offer is only good for online
September 18 In Sebastopol
Dog Day Afternoon / The Dog Documentary
Face to Face Film Series Double Bill
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.