the policy team of SFAF

Policy Center

San Francisco AIDS Foundation champions evidence-based HIV/AIDS policy at all levels of government. Everyday, we fight to protect the human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.


Our approach promotes the development and implementation of evidence-based HIV prevention—in other words, using the tools we know are effective at stopping the spread of the disease and improving the health of all people living with HIV/AIDS. We gather our evidence from diverse sources, including the lived experiences of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

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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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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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New Law Improves Health Care Access

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make it easier for people living with HIV enroll in new health care coverage programs available under the Affordable Care Act.
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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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Advocacy in Action: Holding Insurers Accountable

An update on our actions to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS with prescriptions for FDA-approved antiretrovirals have access to the full HIV treatment formulary. If your prescription has been rejected because of a pre-certification policy at your insurance company, or that of someone you know, there is something you can do.
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Federal Budget Update: Good News for HIV & AIDS Programs

President Obama's budget for Fiscal Year 2014 is welcome news for people living with HIV/AIDS and their allies. It restores millions of dollars earmarked for the lifesaving AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and Ryan White Part C–funded HIV clinics and increases funding in other areas vital to the health of people living with or at high risk for HIV.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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: 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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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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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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