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.

To keep up with what we're doing at the federal, state and local levels, sign up for our monthly newsletter, Status. You can also see recent policy-related updates on this page... 


California needs a plan to end HIV, hep C and STI epidemics

Urge Governor Newsom to outline a coordinated plan to end the HIV, hepatitis C and STI epidemics.
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Profile - Ernest Hopkins

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Read our interview with Ernest Hopkins on why he got involved with HIV work, why days like National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are important, and what he hopes to see in the future.
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Uncertainty & havoc: Federal budget showdown impacts HIV services

This year’s federal budget delays are impacting funding for Ryan White, HOPWA, substance use services, and more. Ernest Hopkins, director of legislative affairs, explains.
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Progress in Peril: Take Action on World AIDS Day

This World AIDS Day, here are four ways you can get involved to show up, speak up, and rise up for HIV.
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October 2017 policy watch

Get an update on the ACA repeal bill, California’s HIV criminalization laws, and more.
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Fighting for a more equitable California

A contingent from San Francisco advocated at the State Capitol for a handful of priority Senate bills affecting our community.
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Policy watch: May 2017

As the American Health Care Act moves to the U.S. Senate, California looks to expand HIV funding and explores supervised injection services.
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The ACA, Medicaid, and ADAP - A March Policy Update

Our policy team has been closely following the President, Congress, and our state representatives to see how laws and executive orders will impact our communities. Find out what has happened already and what to expect in the next few months.
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We commemorate Black History Month

Black History Month, the assault on equitable access to healthcare, and a commitment to fight for our community and pursue justice; check out this month's status update from our CEO Joe Hollendoner.
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READY TO FIGHT BACK? So is our Policy Team!

Get an update from our local, state and federal policy team to find out how they're fighting back--and how you can get involved.
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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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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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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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