California 2019 Policy & Budget Priorities

As the California legislative and budget season begins, we get to dig into the bills and budget proposals that may impact our communities—and plan how we’ll show up to support them. Below, you’ll find a quick list of proposed California legislation and budget proposals related to preventing HIV, hepatitis C, and STDs, expanding access to healthcare for the undocumented community and protecting sex worker rights that we’ll be fighting for in the coming months.

Policy Priorities

AB 362 – Overdose Prevention Site

Allow San Francisco to open an overdose prevention site and save lives by preventing overdose and the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C. View the legislative summary (PDF).

SB 159 – Expand Access to PrEP and PEP

Allow pharmacists to provide PrEP & PEP without a prescription to prevent HIV transmission. View the legislative summary (PDF).

AB 4 & SB 29 – Health4All (PDF)

Increase access to healthcare by removing citizenship requirements from Medi-Cal and allowing undocumented people in our communities to access Medi-Cal. View the fact sheet (PDF).

SB 233 – Sex Worker Rights

Prevent law enforcement harassment of sex workers and ensure that the possession of condoms aren’t used to criminalize sex workers. View the legislative summary (PDF).

Budget Priorities

$60 million – Prevention & Treatment for HIV, HCV & STDs

Expand access to services and treatment for people living with and at risk of HIV & people who use drugs. View our coalition’s letter.

$2 million – End the Epidemics Task Force

Establish a state-level task force to develop an integrated plan to end the HIV, hepatitis C and STD epidemics. View our consensus statement.

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

San Francisco AIDS Foundation promotes health, wellness and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and community partnerships. Each year more than 21,000 people rely on SFAF programs and services, and millions more access SFAF health information online.