From the Experts


San Francisco AIDS Foundation is nationally recognized for its public policy efforts, and its programs for prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment.  Our staff work on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS.  We want you to be a partner in our efforts.  That's why we're committed to keeping you informed.  Our foundation experts offer you the latest on research, treatment, and prevention, as well as important news and upcoming events. 
 
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Real Talk Recap: Can You Party Smart? Let’s Talk Booze

San Francisco community members gathered for a Real Talk forum on alcohol use on November 4. Find out what they think about why they drink, the gay bar scene, when alcohol use is a problem, and what to do about it.
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Norman Tanner

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Norman

When Norman was handed an AIDS diagnosis in 1990, he didn’t give up. And, six years after he was given six months to live, he built a program that would help hundreds of men like him.
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A Call for San Francisco to End HIV Transmission

What else can our city do to stop the spread of HIV? Dr. Robert Grant, MD, MPH shares why we must increase awareness and access to highly effective prevention tools like PrEP.
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Founder Bares All: The Skinny on Santa Skivvies Run

Chris Hastings, owner of Lookout, answered our questions about the annual holiday tradition he started, new features of this year’s December 6 event, and how the funds raised will be used to stop HIV transmission.
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Over the influence of drug and alcohol use

Find out how a weekly book club held helps support clients who wish to address their substance use.
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Heroes in the Fight: Meet Cleve

Cleve Jones was center stage in the early days of the HIV/AIDS movement. Read how his efforts at the start of the epidemic endure today through the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and his thoughts on the movement then and now.
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Hiroyu Hatano

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Hiroyu

Dr. Hiroyu Hatano developed an innovative HIV treatment program using the latest in HIV cure research. Learn more about how it’s improving people’s health now, and best prepares them for a future when a cure for HIV exists.
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Cecilia Chung

Cecilia Chung: Civil Rights Advocate for the Transgender Community

San Francisco’s leading advocate for the transgender community speaks about how far we have come in ensuring equity for trans men & women—and the work we still have to do.
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Vince Crisostomo

What's New with 50-Plus?

Find out how the 50-Plus Network team is promoting social, physical, and mental health for gay, bi, and trans men over 50 in San Francisco, and how you can get involved!
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Shannon Weber

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Shannon

Whether she’s hanging street art on a fence at midnight, helping mixed-HIV-status couples start families, or running a 24-hour hotline for docs who treat HIV-positive women, Shannon Weber is on a mission to change the world. See how she’s putting science, spray paint, and superhero capes to work in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
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AIDS 2014

What's New in HIV Prevention?

Does PrEP need to be taken daily? Can couples counseling help prevent HIV? What else is new in HIV prevention science—and what’s the community pulse? Get all the HIV prevention highlights from the 20th International AIDS Conference.
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AIDS 2014

Delegates from San Francisco AIDS Foundation will have a strong presence abroad at this major scientific and community meeting. Their contributions to this premiere gathering of top thought leaders in the HIV field will include poster presentations, two late-breaker sessions and an affiliated independent event.
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Peter Staley

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Peter

Peter Staley never meant to become an activist—but be glad he did. See how early AIDS activists like him drove scientists to develop life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs, streamlined clinical trials and drug approvals to get new treatments to the sick and dying, and changed the doctor-patient dynamic for good.
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Better HIV Prevention for All

How can we make the most of today’s HIV prevention tools and bring down stubborn infection rates across the country—especially among those at greatest risk? See how the just-released Atlanta Principles point the way forward.
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HIV prevention for moms-to-be

Poppy Hillsborough entered SF General with babies on her mind. See how PrEP and other new prevention tools are helping women like her start families with their HIV-positive partners.
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Everett Holden

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Everett

Everett Holden’s work is all about making connections—between guys and their communities, their doctors, and their peers: “When people feel connected, they are more likely to make healthier decisions.” See how his work with Bridgemen is changing lives—and what he loves about his job.
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Eugenie Marek

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Eugenie

Fresh from nursing school in the early 1980s, Eugenie Marek didn’t expect her first job to be in the middle of San Francisco’s AIDS epidemic. Three decades later, see how she says AIDS changed medical care for good—and how it shaped the work she does today.
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AIDSWatch 2014

AIDSWatch harnesses the power of real-life stories to shape HIV/AIDS policy. What happens when 400 people living with or affected by HIV tell their stories on Capitol Hill?
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Cure Research: Separating Hope from Hype

What’s really happening in HIV cure research—and what’s just hype? How close are we to finding a cure? What will a cure look like, and how do we know when a person is "cured"? And with today’s better HIV meds, why do we need a cure anyway?
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Make the Most of Your Medical Care

How can you keep up with appointments and boost communication with your doc (or find a new one)? There’s something for everyone in our tips and strategies for getting more from your medical care.
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Video: Understanding PrEP

What is PrEP, and what does it mean for our community? Our new video gives you the facts and busts three myths about this HIV prevention tool.
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Kurt Schade

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Kurt

See how AIDS/LifeCycle changed Kurt's life—and how he's helping new riders change theirs. Read his inspiring story, and learn how you can join Kurt this June!
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Closer to a Cure

What do two infants born with HIV and now testing negative have to teach us about curing HIV? See the latest science in the quest for a cure.
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The DREAAM Project

“When you’re here, you’re home.” That’s the motto of the DREAAM Project for young African-American gay and bi men—and it’s changing lives every day.
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Laura Durakovich

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Laura

Laura Durakovich is hosting a night of good food and good fun, for a great cause—and you’re invited! See why she says Dining Out for Life is a way anyone can fight HIV in our community, one appetizer at a time.
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African-Americans and HIV: Tools for Your Health

Across the country, African-Americans are the racial/ethnic group hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. Use these tools and resources for your health and your community.
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Bobby Fisher

Can You Train Your Brain? A Q&A

An unusual partnership is helping our clients “train” their brains to cope with memory and mood problems—and live fuller, happier lives.
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Ernest Hopkins

HIV and the California State Budget: An Expert Q&A

What’s at stake for Californians with HIV in the proposed state budget? Get Ernest Hopkins’s expert analysis, and learn what’s next for HIV health advocates.
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Happy New Year!

Get 2014 off to a great start with three healthy resolutions—and the resources to stick with them, all year long.
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“Raw Sex”—Are the Rules Changing?

Hear how our community answered this question at a public forum on sex and 21st-century HIV prevention.
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Fight the Flu

Looking for ways to avoid the flu? Wondering if your stuffy nose and cough point to flu or just a bad cold? Want to know what to do if you get sick? Find resources for your health this flu season.
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Diane Havlir

Heroes in the Fight: Dr. Diane Havlir

Fresh out of med school, Dr. Diane Havlir found herself at the heart of San Francisco’s HIV epidemic three decades ago. See how she pioneered life-saving treatments and strategies to end AIDS—and what inspires her to keep up the fight today.
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Understanding "Undetectable"

What does undetectable viral load mean for HIV health—and how does it help prevent HIV transmission? Watch this video and find out!
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Tez Anderson

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Tez

Tez Anderson didn’t expect to see his 28th birthday, let alone reach midlife. “I was really well prepared to die,” he recalls. “It’s just, I didn’t really plan to live.” See how Tez found a new purpose, and how he’s helping long-term survivors build a future they never imagined.
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Perspectives from the AIDS Generation

What is the AIDS Generation’s legacy—and what do we need going forward? See how activists, care providers, and others in our community answered these questions at our Real Talk public forum.
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Jorge Zepeda

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Jorge

At Latino Programs, people find more than health resources and support groups: They find respect. “Everybody is welcome as equals,” says manager Jorge Zepeda. See how his work builds a healthier Latino community—and what he loves most about his job.
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Closing in on a Cure?

What’s looking hopeful—and what’s just hype—in the quest to cure HIV? And what do researchers and advocates envision in their wildest dreams for a cure?
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Jeff Leiphart

Gay Men Moving Forward: A Q&A with Dr. Jeff Leiphart

Get a personal perspective on the AIDS Generation’s legacy—and join our public forum to help shape the community's future.
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Courtney Mulhern-Pearson

What's Changing? Get Ready for Health Care Reform

The countdown is on: Enrollment in new health insurance plans starts October 1. Are you ready? Our resident policy wonk gets you up to speed on health care reform and the changes ahead.
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Staying Well, Aging Well: Meet Stokes

See how Stokes transformed his life and is aging well with HIV—and how his wisdom and experience are shaping our new 50-Plus Network for gay and bi men.
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Lisa Porter

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Lisa

For Lisa Anne Porter, riding 545 miles from San Francisco to L.A. is a way to honor her father—and to fight the disease that took his life: “I’m raising money so that somebody else gets another day with their dad.”
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Humble Bundle

Win-Win With Humble Bundle

An epic sale of ten popular video games scored millions of dollars for San Francisco AIDS Foundation and other organizations.
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Take Action, Save Lives

Every day, our nation’s blood supply suffers when healthy, willing blood donors are turned away—just because they are gay. Sign our petition to end the outdated, discriminatory ban on blood donations from gay men.
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John David

Heroes in the Fight: Meet John

When John helps transform an unused deck into a garden oasis, a community of people with HIV gains a place for their health and well-being to blossom. See how John makes San Francisco a better place, one bloom at a time.
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Dollars and Drugs

What makes the newest HIV drug a promising new treatment option—and what do drug pricing advocates have to say about its cost?
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Jesus Moreno

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Jesus

Housing is essential to good health—and it’s a major unmet need for people with HIV. That’s where Jesus Moreno steps in. See how his work helps our clients pay the rent and get their health needs met.
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Bing Wu

Heroes in the Fight: Meet Bing

National HIV Testing Day aims to help more people know their status. So does Bing Wu. After a 9-to-5 workday, he pulls evening shifts at Magnet as a volunteer HIV test counselor. See what Bing brings to the fight against HIV/AIDS—and how that fight has changed him.
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Follow That Van!

The mobile HIV testing van has arrived…on Twitter! The launch of @testmeSF marks National HIV Testing Day and helps more people in our community connect with the HIV testing and sexual health services they need.
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How Marriage Equality Fights HIV

The fight to legalize gay marriage is about more than just equal rights—studies show it’s essential to ending the HIV epidemic. As one researcher puts it, “intolerance is deadly.” See what's at stake in the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.
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The Stonewall Project: Fifteen Years of Serving Our Community

What do gay, bi, and trans men find at the Stonewall Project? A safe and welcoming place to address their drug and alcohol use and set their own goals for their health and well-being. In this milestone year, see how the program began—and where it's headed.
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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Meet Jonathan

The quest for an HIV vaccine continues, thanks to countless volunteers and scientists working behind the scenes to make it happen. Meet one of them.
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Heroes in the Fight: Meet Marie and Richie

For Marie Crinnion and Richie McAllister, AIDS Walk San Francisco is deeply personal way to help end HIV/AIDS in our community. See why they walk.
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Representative Barbara Lee

REPEAL Act: Modernizing HIV Laws

HIV-specific laws are on the books in 32 states and two federal territories—including 13 states that make spitting or biting a felony for people with HIV, even though saliva does not transmit the virus. See how a bipartisan bill aims to change that.
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What to Know About Syphilis

Syphilis is on the rise among gay men, particularly those living with HIV. Find out how to avoid this treatable infection—and what to do next if you’ve been exposed. We have expert advice from Magnet's Nurse Tim.
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The Facts About Bacterial Meningitis

With recent cases of bacterial meningitis among gay men making headlines, Magnet Medical Director Chris Hall, MD, gives us an update on the latest facts and what guys in our community need to know to stay healthy.
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Todd Nunn

Meet Todd

Todd Nunn is cycling from San Francisco to L.A. to honor his mother's memory—and to fight the disease that took her life. See how his job as a police officer gives him a unique perspective on AIDS/LifeCycle.
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Springtime Allergies

Spring is here—and so are the sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes brought on by seasonal allergies. Get a pharmacist’s tips for fighting back.
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14 Years of Positive Force

Designed by and for HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and transgender men, Positive Force blends peer support, education, and community connection into its services—and offers a friendly ear to men newly dealing with HIV: “For lots of guys, we are the first people they talk to about their new diagnosis.”
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Terry Morris

Meet Terry

Something amazing happens every Wednesday at 117 Sixth Street. It’s changing lives week by week, and it all happens because of Terry Morris and her team of volunteers.
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Mike Discepola

What is "Harm Reduction"?

Here in San Francisco, and across the U.S. and around the globe, alcohol and other drug use fuels the HIV epidemic. Michael Discepola, director of the Stonewall Project, explains how we’re doing something about it—and going about it in a unique way that offers dignity and creates results for our clients.
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Sequester: What does it mean for HIV Services?

The sequester cuts are now a reality. What do they mean for hundreds of thousands of people whose health depends on federally funded HIV programs and services? Our director of legislative affairs lays out the cuts and the consequences.
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Honoring African-Americans Lost to AIDS

The AIDS Memorial Quilt stretches more than 50 miles. But as of last year, only about half a mile of the quilt represented African-Americans who’ve been lost to HIV/AIDS. That’s now changing, thanks to members of the Black Brothers Esteem program at San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
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The Promise of Equality

"Only when we achieve full equality and inclusion of everyone, as President Obama so boldly envisioned in his inauguration address, will we truly end the AIDS epidemic as we’ve known it among African-Americans in the United States."
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California Budget Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown has released his 2013-14 state budget proposal. San Francisco AIDS Foundation's director of state and local affairs explains what it means for people living with HIV.
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How to Survive a Plague

The acclaimed documentary “How to Survive a Plague” tells the story of the emergence of the activist group ACT UP in New York City. Peter Staley is one of the activists central to the film. He shares his thoughts on early AIDS activism, what we should be focusing on today, what he's most proud of, and who inspires him.
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Cliff Notes

With the election behind us, all eyes are on Washington as lawmakers face the looming “fiscal cliff.” It’s making big headlines, but what does it mean for people living with HIV and what can we do about it? We pose those questions to Ernest Hopkins, director of legislative affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
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Ask a Policy Wonk: Election 2012 and HIV

What’s at stake for people with HIV on November 6? Quite a lot, according to the foundation’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Ernest Hopkins, and Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, Director of State and Local Affairs.
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Show Your Pride: Create an Avatar!

There are many ways to be gay. No matter what you're into, get an HIV test every six months. Show your pride and your commitment to health by creating an avatar and sharing it through your social networks. It's fun and easy, and your avatar will direct you to the nearest testing location!
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A History of Delivering News and Hope

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, San Francisco AIDS Foundation felt the urgent need to inform the community about emerging treatments for HIV/AIDS. So in June 1988, we published the very first issue of the Bulletin for Experimental Treatments for AIDS, or BETA. Ever since, it has been the go-to resource for reliable and credible information about HIV/AIDS medicines.
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Linking Our Clients to Care

Positive Force is a one-of-a-kind program in San Francisco. It is committed to building a strong, connected poz men’s community. It provides support to link guys to care to improve their health and wellbeing. See what happened when one client came to us in urgent need of help.
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Magnet Marks Nine Years of Service

Magnet, our gay men’s health center in the Castro, celebrates its ninth birthday this year. In the span of just nine years, Magnet has become an essential resource for thousands of gay and bisexual men in our community to maintain good health. Magnet Director Steve Gibson talks about how Magnet started, what it offers today, and his vision for the future.
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Turning the Tide

This year's International AIDS Conference was an important moment to examine where we stand in the fight against HIV and what we must do to create the AIDS-free generation that President Obama so boldly envisions. We can turn the tide on the epidemic. Here's how.
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The Call: Honoring 30 Years of Service

This September 29, the curtain rises on an entirely new event in San Francisco. The Call pays tribute to San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s 30 years of service to our community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CEO Neil Giuliano talks about the event, and why it’s an experience no one should miss.
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We Want You: Create an Army of Avatars!

Whether you’re HIV negative or HIV positive, San Francisco AIDS Foundation has created a unique way to find a place to get an HIV test or receive screenings for other STIs, and encourage all your friends to get tested as well. Visit www.ManyShadesOfGay.org, and create an avatar.
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A History of Reaching Out

AIDS was first reported in 1981. It took researchers nearly two years to determine how it spread. As soon as they did, the foundation mobilized to distribute thousands of free condoms in our community. We’ve never stopped doing everything it takes to stop HIV/AIDS.
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Marriage Equality and HIV

President Obama has declared that he supports same-sex marriage, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to take such a position. Mr. Obama's actions are not only important to matters of equality, they are also vital to our work in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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Ad Campaigns that Saved Lives

As the foundation reflects on its 30 years of fighting HIV, we look at some of the bold and innovative public health campaigns we've used throughout our history to educate our community, change the course of the epidemic, and save lives.
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Meet Silvio

This year alone at Magnet, our gay men’s health center in the Castro, will provide more than 12,000 HIV tests and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections. The staff at Magnet simply could not do all this work without its team of dedicated volunteers. Silvio is one of those volunteers.
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HIV and the fate of the Affordable Care Act

During the Supreme Court's extended hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, one angle that hasn't been getting much media attention is the unique role that HIV-related health care could play in the court's final ruling on one of President Obama's signature legislative achievements.
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Alcohol & HIV: Improve Health, Reduce Risk

Whether we drink frequently, abstain altogether, or are somewhere in between, alcohol use impacts all of us. Learn more about the intersection of alcohol, HIV risk, and HIV health.
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History of Needle Exchange

Throughout the history of HIV/AIDS, there are many bold acts of courage that forever changed the course of the epidemic. Needle exchange in San Francisco is certainly at the top of the list.
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10 Moments that Changed History

For the past 30 years, San Francisco AIDS Foundation has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Our efforts have changed history over the course of the epidemic. See 10 moments that created a lasting impact.
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Ad Campaigns that Saved Lives

As the foundation reflects on its 30 years of fighting HIV, we look at some of the bold and innovative public health campaigns we've used throuthout our history to educate our community, change the course of the epidemic, and save lives.
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Governor's Tough Choices

Even Governor Jerry Brown admits he’s not happy with his state budget proposal. But in the midst of these economically challenging times it is essential the governor not turn his back on our state’s most vulnerable citizens, including those living with or at risk for HIV.
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Obama Administration's Bold Actions

The Obama administration is making important moves to step up the fight against HIV/AIDS here in the United States and around the world. Through bold actions and increased funding, it’s helping to reduce new HIV infections and move us closer to the AIDS-free generation it strives to create.
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The View from Here: Cleve Jones & Dr. Marcus Conant

When HIV/AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, some bold pioneers stepped up to fight the mysterious and deadly disease. Cleve Jones and Dr. Marcus Conant are two of those men. They are the founders of San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
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The end of AIDS is within our grasp

This morning we witnessed something historic. In a rare joint appearance, President Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all took part in a World AIDS Day event to discuss strategies for ending the epidemic. It was a powerful moment — three influential leaders reminding everyone around the globe that HIV/AIDS still deserves our urgent attention.
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The View from Here: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho grew up in San Francisco during some of the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic. Throughout her career as a comedian, she has been a fearless and outspoken advocate of LBGT rights. By fighting stigma and homophobia in everything she does, she fights driving forces behind new HIV infections.
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Together We're Better

When STOP AIDS Project joined forces with San Francisco AIDS Foundation, some members of our community were anxious about what it would mean to vital local services. Rich Guth, STOP AIDS board president, explains why the two agencies coming together is good for the health of our entire community.
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Creating an AIDS-Free Generation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has laid out a roadmap for creating an AIDS-free generation worldwide. Her strategy is based on combination prevention, an idea that started conceptually in San Francisco. Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano builds on Clinton's roadmap, offering four strategies for ending HIV/AIDS within the United States.
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Joining forces in the fight against HIV

As of November 1, the HIV prevention programs and services of STOP AIDS will become part of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The combination will align the best of both agencies, creating a seamless network of services and care for people at risk for and living with HIV in San Francisco.
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The View from Here: Hank Plante & Don Lemon

Throughout the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, journalists have played a critical role in providing information that saves lives, advances science, fights stigma and homophobia, and raises much-needed awareness about the disease. Longtime Bay Area broadcast journalist Hank Plante and CNN anchor Don Lemon tell us why HIV/AIDS still urgently deserves our attention.
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The View from Here: Jeffrey Crowley & Dr. Grant Colfax

They are two of the nation's top strategists when it comes to devising and implementing new ways to stop the spread of HIV: Jeffrey Crowley, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy at the White House, and Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the HIV Prevention and Research Section in the San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office.
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The View from Here: Dr. Anthony Fauci & Dr. Steven Deeks

They are two of the nation's leading scientists overseeing HIV/AIDS research. Dr. Anthony Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Steven Deeks is a professor of medicine in residence at the University of California, San Francisco, and a faculty member in the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital.
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Fighting New HIV Infection Rates

For the past ten years, the number of new HIV infections nationwide each year has remained stubbornly stuck around 50,000. Federal researchers say it’s now time to “double-down on our prevention efforts.” That’s exactly what we’re doing at San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
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The View from Here: Mark Leno & Scott Wiener

They are two leaders by example: California State Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. The openly-gay public officials recently came to Magnet, our community health center in the heart of the Castro, to get free rapid HIV tests and remind gay and bisexual men of the importance of being tested for HIV every six months.
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AIDS Walk 25

This year AIDS Walk marks its 25th year of raising critical money and awarness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Walk Founder Craig Miller tells us the inspiration for the very first walk in Golden Gate Park, and explains why the event is still so important today.
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The View from Here: Cyndi Lauper

Since the very beginning of her career, singer Cyndi Lauper has been a fearless advocate for LGBT rights. She has inspired generations of people to show their true colors, and when she fights homophobia and stigma she also fights HIV. In recent years, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about HIV prevention among women.
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Time for a New AIDS Storyline

Thirty years ago, we did not know how to stop AIDS. Today, the means to end the disease are right in front of us. To truly honor those we have lost in the first thirty years of AIDS we must act boldly, as they would have acted, to end this epidemic for good.
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The View From Here: Dr. Gottlieb & Dr. Volberding

Dr. Michael Gottlieb authored the first report to the CDC in 1981 identifying virus that would be known as AIDS. Dr. Paul Volberding started the nation’s first medical program dedicated to treating HIV at San Francisco General Hospital. They have been caring for patients since the very beginning of the epidemic, and their commitment to prevention, care, and treatment continues today.
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AIDS/LifeCycle 10: It's Time to Ride!

In just a few weeks, thousands of cyclists and volunteers "roadies" will embark on AIDS/LifeCycle 10. Already, this is shaping up to be our biggest and most exciting year yet. There are a number of special things planned to mark the 10th anniversary ride. We sat down with AIDS/LifeCycle Director Michael Barron for a preview.
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The View from Here: David Furnish & Bob Haas

Without generous donors, none of our work is possible. Without smart and passionate people leading top philanthropic organizations, progress is lost. That's why we need people like David Furnish and Bob Haas in our corner. They tell us what keeps them up at night, and what gives them hope, in this edition of The View from Here.
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Honoring Two Champions

This year, San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s annual Leadership Recognition Dinner honors two champions in the fight against HIV/AIDS: Anne Donnelly, director of health care policy at Project Inform, and Robert M. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., professor at UCSF and lead author of the iPrEx study which found AIDS drugs could be used to prevent infection.
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HIVResource: Linking people to research & care

Throughout the 30-year history of HIV/AIDS, clinical trials have played a pivotal role in progress made against the disease. The foundation is proud to be publishing HIVResource, a quarterly newsletter providing information about currently enrolling clinical trials happening around the Bay Area.
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The View from Here: Jeanne White-Ginder & Judith Light

Few people did more to mobilize our country’s initial response to HIV/AIDS than Ryan White. He changed the face of AIDS at a time when our nation needed it most. His legacy lives on through the Ryan White CARE Act, the largest federally-funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS. It also lives on in hearts of his mother Jeanne White-Ginder and actress/activist Judith Light.
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Expanding HIV Services

San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides prevention and care where it’s needed most. The scope of our work continues to evolve with the epidemic. Now, we're adding services in three key areas to broaden our impact in communities most at risk.
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The View from Here: The Policy Makers

We’ve come a long way in the last three decades, particularly regarding our federal government’s response to HIV/AIDS. But we still have a lot of work to do, especially among minority communities. In this edition of "The View from Here," two of our nation's most influential policy makers tell us what keeps them up at night and what gives them hope.
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New & Improved

San Francisco AIDS Foundation begins a new chapter. We have moved offices and are now welcoming clients in a new home. 1035 Market Street is only a half-block for our old offices, but it's worlds away when it comes to client services.
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Creating Ambassadors: AIDSWatch 2011

No one knows the complexities of living with HIV/AIDS, of navigating our difficult health care system, or of overcoming extreme challenges like our clients. AIDSWatch teaches them to become ambassadors for our work and advocates on behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS. Then they take what they've learned and speak directly to lawmakers.
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Reagan's Legacy

Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 in February. He's remembered for many things during his two terms in the White House. But veteran journalist Hank Plante, who reported on HIV since the early days of the epidemic in San Francisco, wants everyone to remember the former president's legacy on AIDS.
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The View from Here

CEO Neil Giuliano launches a new year-long series, "The View from Here." Leading advocates, policy makers, medical professionals, researchers, philanthropists, educators, public health professionals, and celebrities will answer the same set of questions each month.
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Cuts & Consequences

When politicians propose budget cuts, there are real-life implications. The governor’s new budget plan carries devastating consequences for HIV-positive Californians. Our director of state & local affairs examines the impacts.
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HIV Prevention: Just a pill away?

A new study shows antiretroviral drugs could be effective in stopping the spread of HIV. What does this mean for the future of HIV prevention? We’ve got expert answers to your real-world questions.
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Dear Jerry: An Open Letter to Governor-Elect Jerry Brown

In the midst of this economic crisis, we ask the next governor of California not to turn his back on our state’s most vulnerable citizens, including those living with or at risk for HIV.
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National HIV/AIDS Strategy: What Next?

The next big milestone for the strategy comes on December 9—the deadline for federal agencies to submit operational plans on how they will implement the President’s strategy. In anticipation of this important deadline, San Francisco AIDS Foundation worked with leaders from around the country to develop detailed recommendations for consideration by federal officials
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Inflammation, Immune Activation, and HIV

Inflammation is a broad term for what happens in the body when the immune system is activated to counter a threat. A healthy immune response is key to good health, but ongoing immune activation and inflammation due to a persistent threat such as chronic HIV infection can lead to many different problems throughout the body.

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Making the Most of Your Medical Visits

When you go to see your medical provider, do you sometimes leave frustrated or confused, with unanswered questions? Does your medical provider spend too much time on blood tests and labwork, and not enough time listening to your concerns? Do you feel rushed and unable to discuss what is really going on with your health?

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HIV & The Brain

Recent conferences and journal articles reveal an increased emphasis on the effects of HIV on the brain, part of a larger shift of focus from classic AIDS-related illnesses to long-term progressive conditions in an aging population that are related to HIV and its treatment in ways that are not yet fully understood.

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