Today We Have Hope

Though undetected HIV disease remains life-threatening, advances in medical treatment and diagnostic care are transforming the disease into a chronic manageable condition. With five separate classes of antiviral drugs, using three or more different antivirals in combination has become standard of care. CD4 (T-cell) and viral load testing are used to monitor disease progression. Side-effects, the safety and efficacy of antiviral treatment, as well as the effects of HIV infection itself in persons who have had the disease for many years, remain primary concerns. While treatment often presents significant challenges for newly infected persons and persons with a history of taking antiviral drugs, especially for persons with multiple challenges such as active substance use and/or mental health issues, the long-term management of HIV disease has never looked more promising.

Like other people, people with HIV may have practical, emotional, and spiritual needs. San Francisco has a wide variety of organizations that can assist people with HIV to find additional information, orientation and referrals. The following information can assist you to locate and access San Francisco’s broad array of services for HIV positive persons.

Income Thresholds
CA Office of AIDS Programs, Medi-Cal Expansion, and Healthy San Francisco

SF HIV Benefits Options
How to pay for health care and medication so you can stay in care and undetectable.

SF HIV Care Options
A guide to San Francisco’s clinics, providers, and the healthcare coverage they accept.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation: California HIV/AIDS Hotline
800/367-AIDS (2437)
www.sfaf.org/aidsinfo/basics/hotline.html

San Francisco Community Health Center
https://sfcommunityhealth.org
Trans-Thrive/STAHR is providing testing at 1460 Pine St
Monday-Friday
Drop-in
2pm-4:30pm

Monday-Friday
appointment only
1:30pm-2:00pm

SFCHC is also providing testing at their 730 Polk Street location
Drop-in HIV/Hep C Testing
Tuesday-Thursday
1pm-3:30pm

Health Access Points (HAPS)
https://learnsfdph.org/programs/health-access-point-hap/

GLIDE
https://www.glide.org/programs/harm-reduction/

HIV/AIDS Nightline
(415) 434-AIDS (In San Francisco)
(800) 628-9240 (Nationwide)