|Thomas Knoble, MSW, is the Testing Program Manager with the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He has been doing HIV/STD/HVC testing work in San Francisco since 1991 with a focus on gay and bisexual men, transgender women and with people who inject drugs. Thomas started with Shanti as emotional support volunteer where he supported people with HIV in with the dying process. Many were alone due to all their friends had passed or family had disowned them. In 1993 he became HIV test counselor test and has many hours of support people with complicated issues impacting their lives. In this work he has supported many people in a most vulnerable moment of learning they are living with HIV. Thomas is one of a handful of California HIV State Certified Trainers charged with training/certifying all new test counselors. In his work with the DPH he is still in an active HIV/HCV/STD Counselors with many of the sites funded by the DPH. Over the years Thomas has worked all with all DPH funded testing programs including the jails and homeless encampments. The landscape is changing, PrEP, U=U, syringe services, and support people with retention are critical to our future efforts. Thomas's role is to support community based organizations to assure these critical activities are assessable to clients.
|Dave Jordan, Community Services Manager