San Francisco AIDS Foundation Fact Sheet

No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.

Funds raised by AIDS/LifeCycle participants support these vital services: 

  • PREVENTION  Our services empower people to lead healthier lives and play an active role in preventing new infections. We offer free support groups to 1,500 African Americans, Latinos, newly diagnosed men, and guys interested in service projects via STOP AIDS PROJECT.
  • CARE  We provide free case management and peer advocacy services, housing assistance, and financial benefits counseling for 600 people living with HIV/AIDS. In doing so, we create a seamless network of care and support.  No one with HIV should feel alone with their diagnosis.
  • GAY MEN'S HEALTH  We offer free sexual health services including STD screening and more than 12,000 HIV tests annually at MAGNET, our gay men’s health center in the Castro. MAGNET is more than a clinic – it’s building a healthier community from the inside, out. We also operate an HIV testing van to deliver mobile services citywide. 
  • SYRINGE ACCESS  We provide more than 2.4 million free sterile syringes annually to injection drug users to stop the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Our efforts have contributed to rates of new HIV infection among people who inject drugs in San Francisco that are well below the national average.
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH  Drugs and alcohol are known drivers of HIV infection, making both central in efforts to fight HIV. We offer free counseling, education, and resources for 600 clients via THE STONEWALL PROJECT to connect the dots between HIV, substance use, and mental health issues.
  • EDUCATION  Access to reliable sexual health information can make a world of a difference in a person’s life.  Thousands of people depend on our free online resources, publications, and community forums for information about HIV risk, testing and care, and to stay informed about breaking news in HIV prevention, clinical research and treatment.
  • ADVOCACY  We provide a powerful voice advocating for people at risk for or living with HIV to public officials at City Hall, in Sacramento and in our nation’s capitol. We inform lawmakers at all levels of government of the critical need for evidence-based policies and programs that improve health and save lives. 

More information about the programs of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation is available at www.sfaf.org.