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Access to testing for all

#TestThePeople is a collaborative effort to bring COVID testing to communities where it’s needed most. 

COVID-19 is causing disproportionate harm to Black, Brown, Indigenous, and unhoused people, due in part to unequal access to testing and other healthcare.

That’s why we’re committed to working with grassroots community health organizations to provide pop-up testing for at-risk communities.

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Why Get Tested?

Knowledge is power! Knowing your status helps protect everyone around you, especially since you can be infected without showing symptoms.

Testing is free, quick, and safe. It doesn’t hurt, and you don’t need to provide your ID.

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Once you register, testing takes just a few minutes. Results are available within hours via a secure web portal.

Questions about your results? Call (415) 324-6494

Frequently Asked Questions

What are you testing for?

This test indicates whether you are currently infected with the SARS-Cov-2 virus. It is not the antibody test—it does not indicate whether you’ve ever been exposed to the virus.

Why should I get tested? I don’t have any symptoms.

Knowing your current COVID status is important to protect those around you, especially since a significant number of those infected show mild or no symptoms.

How long does it take?

When you register, we’ll email you with the time and location of your appointment. With an appointment, testing should take less than 15 minutes.

Do I have to show ID?

No. ID is not required.

Do I have to register ahead of time?

If we have capacity, you can walk up and get tested. Walk-up testing may involve waiting a few minutes, depending on demand.

What if I can only get tested on one of the days?

Coming back for the follow-up test is crucial to understanding the spread of the virus within the community. We strongly encourage people to get tested both days, but if we have capacity, you can get tested on one day only.

Is it safe to get tested?

We’re taking every precaution to protect you. Our collection station is outdoors, and we ask everyone to wear masks and keep their social distance. Our technicians use the same equipment and precautions to protect your safety as in a lab or doctor’s office.

How is the sample collected? Does it hurt?

The technician will ask you to open your mouth, stick out your tongue, and say ah. Then they’ll use a long swab to collect the sample from the back of your throat. You may feel a momentary discomfort or activation of your gag reflex.

How will I receive my result? How long will it take?

When you register, you’ll provide your phone and email. When your results are ready, you’ll get a notification with a unique access code that you can use to access your results online, typically within six hours.

What if I don’t have a smartphone?

You can access your results via most internet-connected devices (laptop, desktop computer, tablet, etc.), as long as you have access to the text message or email containing your unique access code. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call (415) 324-6494 for help with your results.

How accurate is the result?

Our test detects the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with very high accuracy (99.2%). False negatives are more likely than false positives. If you suspect your test result is inaccurate, you should get tested again. Here’s more information from the CDC.

What happens if I test positive?

You’ll receive a call from our partnering medical provider, who can help you understand your result and what to do next. You should plan on isolating yourself from everyone (including those you live with) for 10 days to protect those around you. If you have a primary physician, you should let them know you’ve tested positive and discuss whether you need treatment.

What information are you collecting, and what are you doing with it?

  • During registration, we will ask for your name, email, and phone number. We will only use this information for communication regarding this test. We will not sell or share it except as required by law (see below).
  • We are required by law to ask for your age, sex, race, ethnicity, ZIP code, and county of residence.
  • Your registration information and test result are shared with Primary in order to deliver test results. The security and privacy of this information is protected by law, just like at your doctor’s office.
  • For community transparency, we will post testing statistics and summary results on TestThePeople.org, including totals for negative and positive tests and demographic categories. These totals will not include any protected or personal health information. We are also required by law to share these totals with the state of California.
  • If you test positive, we are required by law to share your name and contact info with the county where you live for contact tracing. This means that you will likely be contacted by a public health worker to determine who you’ve been in close contact with, so those people can get tested too. If you get a call like this, please be kind—the person who’s calling is doing a tough but necessary job.

Who’s behind this?

This project is a partnership between renegade.bio, Primary, and Bay Area PLS.

  • renegade.bio is a Queer-owned and -operated Public Benefit Corporation. Founded in response to the pandemic, renegade.bio provides COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Our mission is to make testing for SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging pathogens available to everyone on the planet, regardless of income.
  • Primary provides end-to-end solutions for workforce and community health by enabling testing at scale through government agencies, employers, and community partners. For participants, Primary simplifies and expedites everything from test scheduling to result delivery while adapting to participant needs. Primary is continually evolving to meet demand for fast, reliable health initiatives as we pursue a sense of normalcy in an uncertain world.
  • Bay Area PLS is a mobile phlebotomy and diagnostic sample collection company bringing mobile COVID-19 testing to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Who’s paying for this?

We are seeking funding for this project through local and state public health departments and private and corporate donors.

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