But it came with a hitch: the law is due to sunset in 2020.
The Virginia Department of Health’s goal was to collect enough data to illustrate the programs’ efficacy. But a year away from the sunset, only four sites have been approved, three of which are up and running: Health Brigade in Richmond, along with the Lenowisco and Mount Rogers health districts.
“It’s a new concept for Virginia, and I think even in the communities where there’s a lot of support, nobody’s really certain who wants to jump on as the lead agent,” said Elaine Martin, director of Virginia’s HIV and hepatitis prevention services.
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