Created: 04/30/2014 6:02 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
You may see the Know Now Mobile Medical Clinic driving around Albuquerque.
Volunteer nurses who operate this say it's uncomfortable and inconvenient for many people to get these tests done so now they're coming to them.
All of the tests are free and confidential.
For many who want to get tested it’s hard to take that first step.
Joan Douglas with an organization called Care Net says this mobile makes it easier.
The clinic offers free STD and pregnancy tests for everyone.
The RV even offers an area for free ultrasounds for pregnant women.
“We’ve used our imagination and tied things down so they don't go sliding around when are driving,” Douglas said, “I had to learn how to drive this RV.”
Douglas says the idea is to reach people at risk and who may not be able to afford the tests.
Right now the mobile unit is focusing on areas near the UNM campus and the International District but the group hopes to expand their locations and services.
The STD testing is for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Douglas says 20 percent of the tests come back positive and sexually transmitted diseases are a growing problem for college students.
“They (students) don't really think about everything they are doing and how it’s going to take them into the future or hold them back,” she said.
The medical staff is volunteers. All of the equipment is bought with donations and the RV was donated by Sagebrush Community Church.
“I can make a difference,” Douglas said.