hey denver! aka “test and go”

So I got a chance to visit hey denver this past week. You know. It’s that weird slogan you sometimes see on the top on connexion. Yeah, them. It turns out they’re a program out of CAP (the Colorado AIDS Project for those out of the loop) and they basically do testing for gay men. I gotta say. It’s not what I expected




I don’t know why but i was expecting it to be a lot like a fun office. With at least a few gay guys hanging out, working, talking to eachother about who they just met/saw/slept with. Kind of like if the gay dazbog was a place where people went to actually do things.


In any case, when I got there, there was only one guy doing testing. I got the change to look around the small house (it’s in a house-office. very cute) before the guy called me to fill out some paperwork. He was very professional about it but i wanted him to be more friendly and fun. I filled out the paperwork, he asked me some questions, drew some blood (blood! who does that anymore?!), started the test, and I went to pee in a cup. I was a little surprised but I forgot that’s how they test for  all the other stuff. Anyway,  I got my hiv results back and I’m supposed to call in 10 days for the rest of them.


That was it. No fun stories about where to hang out that night. No loud and raucous laughter. Just test and go  (Kind of like “blo and go” on Craigslist). What would it take to make the place more fun and energetic?… that is, outside of a blo and go. Probably some music and more than one staff person there at a time. In their favor, it was very convenient, being right off 17th and pearl, blocks from JR’s and Mary’s. But conveience alone does not a hot spot make.


3 Responses to “hey denver! aka “test and go””

  1. 1 dangonzales
    April 7, 2009 at 11:35 am

    “Some questions” so do they skip the risk assessment a lot of places do?

    • 2 cocokirby
      April 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

      no, they did the risk assessment. apparently I’m pretty risky. i was surprised that there’s no counseling before or after. is that so 3 years ago?

  2. 3 Scottynorq
    April 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I just got tested at hey Denver. It was a great experience. I was the only one there. It was just like going to denver health but without the wait.

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