Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Pub crawl tonight thanks bars for help with TB tests

The health department is sponsoring a pub crawl tonight to thank the city’s gay bar owners and their staffers for helping researchers track an outbreak of tuberculosis cases among young gay men.

As the Bay Area Reporter disclosed last month, the health department’s TB control section requested more than 140 people who work at Castro area bars to undergo testing to ensure they were not infected with TB. The screening was prompted by the discovery last year that a Castro bartender had TB, as did several patrons of gay bars in the neighborhood.

The health department has not disclosed which bar the employee was from, and this week said preliminary results do not show a wide outbreak of TB in the city’s gayborhood.

As a way to thank the bar staffers for their cooperation, and drum up business, the health department will kick off its pub crawl South of Market at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, February 6) at the Powerhouse. It will then hit the Hole in the Wall and then head to the Castro, stopping first at the Edge around 5:45 p.m. and then making its way to the rest of the bars along 18th, Castro, and Market streets.

Participants should be fast drinkers, though, as the schedule is allowing for only 15 minutes for each establishment.

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 6, 2009 @ 3:23 pm PST
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