Are you looking for your people? Hoping to meet folks whose lifestyle and challenges are similar to your own? We all do better when we have a community, and those of us whose lives are impacted by HIV, or who are at risk for getting infected live longer, healthier, happier lives when we connect with those who understand and support us.
This is why we host a wide array of community groups with activities all around San Francisco. Which community will you connect with?
- DREAAM Project (Determined to Respect and Encourage African American Men)
When You're Here, You're Home. DREAAM is for LGBTQQI African American men between 18 and 30. We have a weekly Friday night Youth Drop In Group from 5-9 at 2128 15th St. Come get some food, watch videos, join a discussion group, play games and connect with new peers. Contact Blue or Mario for more information - (415) 575-0150.
- Urban Adventures
Living with HIV starts with, well, living. That means having fun, making friends, and keeping you connected with poz guys in San Francisco gay, bisexual, and trans men’s communities. Once a month, we get together for some fun and frolic, and invite guys to join us for bowling, drag demos, BBQs in the park, speed dating, and more. Contact Brad to find out more.
- Latino Programs
Latino Programs provides support for monolingual Spanish speaking Latinos who are living with HIV. We can help you and your family share information about living healthy with HIV, providing care to others, and reducing isolation and stigma. We create a safe space for Latinos to come together to talk about their experiences, learn how to navigate the healthcare system and improve their overall quality of life. Call us at (415) 487-8000 to get more information about upcoming meetings and events.
- Black PLUS (Positive Living for Us)
Black PLUS is a two-day intensive, experiential, and educational weekend workshop. If you are newly-diagnosed or newly dealing with your HIV positive status and are interested in getting the best info and support to live healthy with HIV — this weekend is for you. Our goal is to give you the knowledge and support you need to confidently deal with being an HIV+ Black man in the Bay Area. Learn more about Black PLUS.
- Black Brothers Esteem
BBE empowers African-American gay men and other men who have sex with men who struggle not only with issues related to HIV, but also racism, addiction, poverty, homophobia, violence, homelessness, and marginal housing. Black Brothers Esteem hosts activities and events that create a safe space for African American men to gather and to gain support from each other. Our goal is to provide HIV and STD testing, help HIV positive brothers get the care they need to thrive, and build a strong, educated, and active community. Learn more about Black Brothers Esteem.
- Black Health Center of Excellence & Access HOPE
Focused on linking HIV-positive African Americans to care, we provide medical case management, peer advocacy, mental health and substance use services. These two programs are presented in collaboration with San Francisco General Hospital. For more information, contact Jamal Bay at (415) 487-3074.
Want to connect socially with other gay, bi and trans guys who are looking to invest in our community? Bridgemen organizes fun and relevant community service projects that provide leadership opportunities, build friendships, and give something back to the community. Through service and social awareness we are working to make San Francisco the safe and welcoming place that we know it can be by building bridges between our many social networks. Go to Bridgemen's page to read about one of our recent projects, or check our schedule for our next gathering.
The gay men’s health center in the heart of the Castro neighborhood is also an art gallery, lounge, and internet café where people can engage each other and participate or just hang out. In addition to a range of free services like massage, dance lessons and substance use counseling, Magnet also offers an array of free sexual health services for HIV-negative and HIV-positive men, including HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections. See Magnet's website for details.