40 Years of History & Innovation
In 2022, SFAF commemorates 40 years of service by taking a look back at our storied history in HIV prevention, care, and response.
For our 40th anniversary, we celebrate the remarkable individuals who have pushed forward innovation with compassion, we honor those we have lost, and we reflect on the ways we have evolved to respond to the changing landscape of HIV and the changing needs of our community.
We approach the future with hope, and knowing that our passion and ingenuity can bring positive change. We will act in bold and brave ways to reach an end to the AIDS epidemic, and ensure that health justice is achieved for all of us living with or at risk for HIV. After 40 years, we will not lose sight of our commitment to our community, and our vision for a brighter future.
From our humble beginnings operating the AIDS Hotline in the 1980s, to the roll-out of our PrEP program at Magnet, we’ve shaped the City’s response to HIV for 40 years. Read how, in the featured articles below.
From Bleachman to Douchie
SFAF’s history of colorful mascots delivering info about everything from safer injection to anal health tips.
Harvey Milk Taught Us the Power of Partnerships
From the Coors beer boycott in the ‘70s to modern-day partnerships in HIV, the LGBTQ community has demonstrated our strength, resilience, and influence through creative alliances and coalitions.
From “risk” to “undetectable”
Over 40 years, there has been a remarkable transformation in the understanding and language of HIV “risk,” and the ways that we have shared information about HIV testing & transmission.
HIV stigma–macro and micro
The longer I live with HIV, the more destructive that HIV and AIDS stigma seems to be. Here's how HIV stigma has showed up in my life--in ways both big and small.
From fear to facts
For 40 years, San Francisco AIDS Foundation has fought homophobia and HIV stigma to end the AIDS epidemic.
Getting the Word Out
In the early years of the epidemic, putting accurate, reliable, non-judgment information into people’s hands was a powerful tool against the spread of HIV.
From Hotline to Online
Awe-inspiring efforts by early AIDS volunteers and staff made it possible to get the word out about HIV treatment, prevention, and care.
Honoring Volunteers from 1982 to Today
At SFAF, many of our programs and services were started by volunteers who were part of the communities they aimed to serve.
In 2022, SFAF commemorates 40 years of HIV prevention, care, and response.