AIDS Health Foundation is now offering free Narcan naloxone nasal sprays, and fentanyl test strips every night in West Hollywood, via its HIV testing vans, which can be found parked in the LGBT Rainbow District near the Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard intersection (they tend to station themselves by Hilldale Avenue, in front of the Bank of America). People can now get an HIV test, get free PrEP, and pick up some life saving kits.
The HIV testing van hours are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 7pm – 12:30am
- Friday & Saturday: 7pm – 1:30am
- Sunday: 2pm – 7pm
Safer WeHo Coalition, which includes a partnership with AFH, distributed free naloxone, fentanyl test strips, and roofie tests strips at three different locations in West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District during St Patrick’s Day weekend, on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Resources tables were set up on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood Park and on the corners of Santa Monica Boulevard and Hilldale Avenue, and on Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue.
A report by the LA County Health Department released in November 2022, states that in 2021, methamphetamine and fentanyl were the most common drug types listed as a cause of death in accidental drug overdose deaths in Los Angeles County, accounting for 56% and 55%, respectively, of all alcohol and other drug overdose deaths. While methamphetamine is a significant contributor to accidental drug overdoses, there are also unique risks associated with one-time fentanyl exposure—however, interventions such as naloxone are available to address fentanyl overdoses (unfortunately, interventions don’t currently exist for methamphetamine).
Learn more about the AHF HIV testing van at: https://www.freehivtest.net/.
The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1,700,000 people in 45 countries. We are currently the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the world.
AHF funds its mission to rid the world of AIDS through a network of pharmacies, thrift stores, healthcare contracts and other strategic partnerships. Generating new, innovative ways of treatment, prevention and advocacy has been the hallmark of our success.
Since 1987, AHF has cared for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. As we create and implement new programs in communities across the U.S. and abroad, we expand delivery of healthcare and influence over policy with the aim of saving more lives.