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March 19, 2009

SFAF.org Podcast #51 - Dr. Marsha Martin explains why we need universal HIV testing

In this episode, Dr. Marsha Martin, the Director of Get Screened Oakland, discusses why everyone should get an HIV test. Nationally, one in four people who are HIV positive do not know it. One of the strategic goals of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation is to have every San Francisco resident between 13 to 64 know their current HIV status by 2015.

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Dr. Marsha Martin was the architect of the first city-wide testing program in Washington DC. She was also the special assistant on HIV/AIDS policy to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala under President Clinton. Before joining HHS, Martin was the coordinator for homeless veterans' initiatives at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the executive director of the Federal Interagency Council on the Homeless at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Martin earned her BA in psychology and Masters of Social Work from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and her Doctorate in Social Work from Columbia University, New York, New York.

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