People sometimes ask me, does San Francisco AIDS Foundation provide services for women? The answer is yes!
San Francisco AIDS Foundation is proud to offer comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and housing programs for women, men, and gender non-conforming people. Our Harm Reduction Center provides women with access to safer injection supplies, HIV testing, and counseling services. We also provide case management and rental subsidies to women living with HIV which helps in linking and retaining them to HIV treatment. And we offer culturally-specific social support for women through weekly peer-led groups like El Grupo and TransLife.
These programs are critical to our mission of ending the HIV epidemic as women in San Francisco experience some unique health risks compared to men. Nearly half of women in San Francisco living with HIV were infected through injection drug use, compared to 20% of men. Additionally, trans and cis-gender women living with HIV achieve lower rates of viral suppression than men (64% and 65% compared to 73%), and cis-women have lower rates of five-year survival after an AIDS diagnosis than men (81% to 87%).
This Women’s History Month, our Status newsletter is shining a spotlight on the work we are doing to promote the health of women in the community. Please read more about how we’re serving women at our 6th Street Harm Reduction Center, about the impact of our overdose prevention services, and how our policy team is working to ensure equitable access to health care.
Please join San Francisco AIDS Foundation this month, and every month, in standing up and saying that you’re with her when it comes to ending the HIV epidemic!
The best way to fight HIV is to know your status. A simple test can determine if you are infected with the virus.
Our diverse programs help thousands of people every year. From testing to prevention to care, our services assist communities where need is greatest.