Public health officials issued a "stay-at-home" order to be in effect until further notice. We've closed our office at 1035 Market Street and only offering essential services at Strut and the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center. Learn more.
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COVID-19 Updates

We’re providing information about changes to our programs and services during COVID-19, how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Dados los recientes desarrollos en cuanto al coronavirus, estamos proporcionando información para prevenir la propagación del COVID-19 y cambios de nuestros programas y servicios.

Updated: October 5, 2020

What’s open:

  • Stonewall Project, Harm Reduction Group, Smart Drinking, For the Culture, Community Group, Free 2 B, Emotions and Mindfulness, Harm Reduction Friday Night, Adventures in Abstinence, Damn Daddy, PROP, Cheers Queers counseling — via phone and video chat
  • 6th St Harm Reduction Centersee schedule for details
  • Mobile Syringe Sitessee schedule
  • Syringe Pick up Crewnormal hours
  • Social support & Individual counselingsee schedule
  • Volunteersshifts and events canceled

A San Francisco emergency public health order issued on April 17 requires all members of the public to wear a face covering when outside their home and accessing any essential business including health services. To comply with this order, all individuals accessing essential services at our sites are required to wear a face covering that shields the mouth and nose.

As the state of California continues to encourage people to stay home except for essential needs, we want to make sure you have the most accurate information about how to access our services during this time. We’ll update this page regularly.

Locations & hours (October 2 – October 16)

Please note: We are adjusting our services schedule each morning in response to air quality. This page will be updated to reflect current hours.
  • Main Office (1035 Market Street) – Closed
  • Mobile Testing Unit – Closed
  • Magnet at Strut (470 Castro St.): Walk-in clients are not being seen at this time. Please call the clinic at 415-581-1600 for instructions. Sexual health screenings with STI testing offered by appointment Wednesday – Saturday. Call 415-487-8037 to schedule an appointment.
  • 6th Street Harm Reduction Center (117 6th St.): Door services, including Narcan distribution, are available Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 4 pm – 8 pm. The Hepatitis C Wellness and locker programs, and medical services are available Monday – Friday, 11 am – 1 pm. Enrollment for HCV Wellness / Love Your Liver is now open Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 1 pm. HIV, HCV and STI testing, pregnancy tests, and hormone checks are available Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 1 pm.
  • Mobile Syringe Sites:
    • Monday: Bayview (3rd and Innes), 4 pm – 6 pm
    • Tuesday: Duboce (Bikeway behind Safeway), 6 pm – 8 pm
    • Wednesday: Weise Alley (at 16th), 6 pm – 8 pm
    • Thursday: Hemlock Alley (off Polk St., between Post & Sutter), 7 pm – 9 pm
    • Friday: 16th & Mission St., 7 pm – 9 pm

Available services

San Francisco AIDS Foundation remains committed to providing essential services during COVID-19 because we know that people living with and affected by HIV need us now more than ever. We continue to provide onsite services like the emergency provision of PrEP, PEP and HIV care prescriptions, STI testing, and clinical care for people with symptoms of a sexually-transmitted infection or who might have had an exposure to HIV. Our syringe access and disposal services teams are still providing harm reduction supplies to people who would otherwise not have access to these important HIV, hepatitis C and overdose prevention tools. We’re also conducting a majority of our programming virtually, including substance use treatment, case management, social support, and housing subsidies for enrolled participants.

Get more details below and find specific event information on the calendar. For general questions, email info@sfaf.org.

Sexual health services

If you have symptoms of a suspected sexually transmitted infection, would like to be screened for STIs, or have had a recent HIV exposure, please call 415-581-1600 and select option #3 to be connected with the nursing team at Magnet. They will be able to coordinate services and testing for you.

If you do not have symptoms of an STI, but would like to receive a sexual health screening with STI testing, make an appointment Wednesday – Saturday by calling 415-487-8037.

If you are currently receiving PrEP or HIV care from our clinical team, we can extend your prescriptions to cover this time period. To request a refill, call our navigation team at 415-437-3450. PrEP clients are being seen for follow-up visits on a limited basis. You can also email questions about PrEP or follow-up appointments to prep@sfaf.org and questions about HIV services to assist4HIV@sfaf.org.

In light of the recent increases in COVID-19 case rates, we are implementing tighter measures to decrease the amount of time that clients spend in the building by requiring that registration questionnaires be filled out prior to entering the clinic. Clients will also receive a COVID-19 questionnaire that must be filled out within 24 hours before their appointment to enter the building. Scheduled visits will be cancelled if both registration questionnaires are not submitted by 9am day of the visit. Click here to log-in to your client portal and complete the questionnaire.

All clients are required to wear masks while in the building. Masks are available if clients do not have access.

Behavioral health services

  • In-person Stonewall Project groups and walk-ins at 1035 Market Street and Strut are on hold at this time. Clients in our enrolled program can access substance use counseling sessions by phone and via video chat. Some group services are also occurring via video conference. Please refer to this schedule of the Stonewall groups to learn more. If you have questions about Stonewall or the group schedule, call 415-487-3100 or email stonewall@sfaf.org. Note: This is not crisis service and response may be delayed pending staff availability. Please dial 911 or take yourself to the nearest emergency room if there is a life-threatening emergency.
  • PROP: PROP is currently for enrolled clients only. Meetings are taking place via video conference. Please contact Rick Andrews at randrews@sfaf.org or 415-487-3115 with questions. Refer to this schedule for meeting times and video conference instructions
  • Cheers Queers: Please contact Rich Lugo at rlugo@sfaf.org or 415-487-3439 with questions.
  • Harm reduction supplies: All harm reduction supplies are available via door service at the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center and mobile syringe sites (days, hours and locations above). This includes Narcan distribution, syringe distribution & disposal services.
  • Syringe Pick Up Crew: Our street-based syringe disposal team is providing rapid response syringe pickups normal hours, Monday-Sunday, 7 am – 7 pm. Learn more about the Syringe Pick Up Crew.

Social support & case management services

  • Black Brothers Esteem: Community support and referrals to food resources and health care. The following groups will be offered on video chat:
  • Centers of Excellence: Medical case managers are offering one-on-one support via phone or through video chats. The following group will be offered on video chat: 
    • CCHAMP/Access Hope/Black Health Weekly Support Group: Fridays at 12 am
    • To set up an appointment, send an email to Julie Lifshay at jlifshay@sfaf.org. Clients of UCSF Ward 86 or Parnassus should request a referral from their current social worker. 
  • DREAAM
    • Chat & Chew (virtual): Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; email Terrance (twilder@sfaf.org) for access details.
    • Group fitness class (virtual) with Positive Force, led by Ada Rumfelt, focusing on losing/maintaining weight, toning, gaining or building muscle, and mental clarity. Classes combine dance fitness, cardio workouts, and Afro-Caribbean dance moves. Wednesdays, 11 am – noon. Email Mayia (mogbebor@sfaf.org) for access details.
    • Joint Phoenix Rising Support Group with BBE: October 7 & 14, 4 pm
  • Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network/Bridgemen: The following groups will be offered virtually on Zoom: 
    • Virtual Check-In Night: Wednesdays, 6 pm

    The 50-Plus team is checking in with members by phone and video chat. Email 50PlusNetwork@sfaf.org with questions or to join a group.

  • Housing & Benefits: The Housing & Benefits team is meeting one-on-one with existing clients via phone or through video chats. Please reach out to your case manager directly or email us at info@sfaf.org or leave a voicemail at 415-487-3037 if you want to schedule an appointment. For ADAP clients, please contact 415-487-8023.
  • Latino Programs: Spanish speaking community members can receive limited individual services by text, e-mail, phone calls, or video chat. Latino Programs social support and psycho-educational groups are facilitated in Spanish and  happening on Zoom by invitation only:
    • The Latino Support Group/El Grupo de Apoyo Latino – Process group focusing on  the intersection of HIV, Latino Migration and the impact of COVID-19, Thursdays at 3 pm

    For more information or to join a group please contact: Eduardo at esiquerios@sfaf.org at 415-734-8011.

  • Los Programas Latinos: Miembros de la comunidad que hablan español podrán recibir servicios individuales limitados vía texto, correo electrónico, llamadas telefónicas o por video-conferencias. Participación en los Grupos de apoyo vía video-conferencia en Zoom, solo se otorgara por invitación previa. Para mas informacion por favor envie un correo a jzepeda@sfaf.org o llame al numero de telefono 415-734-8011.
  • QTPOC at Strut: Join virtual events from QTPOC at Strut, Monday – Friday!
  • Strut virtual community events
  • TransLife: We are currently offering one-on-one check-ins and health and wellness referrals by phone or video chat. To join the group or set up an appointment, please reach out to Ms. Earl at rearl@sfaf.org.

Volunteer services

All volunteer shifts and events are canceled.


Prevent the spread of coronavirus

  • Social distance.  A distance of 6 feet minimizes the potential of exposure to viruses from uncovered coughs or sneezes. Try to avoid crowded public spaces where contact with others is likely. Avoid handshakes and other contacts with other people where possible.
  • Wear a cloth mask or cloth face covering in public over your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of droplets.
  • Wash your hands regularly and consistently. Use soap and water with vigorous scrubbing for 20 seconds or hand sanitizing scrubbing for 20 seconds or until dry. If using hand sanitizer, be sure to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, to prevent the potential spread of viruses from surfaces.
  • Stay home except for essential needs and limit all travel. Observe the guidelines of your county. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your arm or elbow.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, light switches, faucets, tables, with a disinfectant. The EPA has provided a list of cleaning products that are effective against the coronavirus.
  • Even if you are the provider of an essential service during the shelter-in-place order, stay home if you are sick. You’ll get better quicker if you rest. According to the CDC, avoid returning to work until you have been free of fever (less than 100.4), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or symptom reducing medication (ex. Tylenol, cough suppressant).
  • Plan ahead. Learn about emergency operation plans for your workplace and child’s school.  Ensure that you have at least a 7-day supply of routine medications.
  • If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

Information Resources

Information Resources

San Francisco

California

  • OnwardCA: The one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://onwardca.org/

National

Global

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

 

Discrimination Harms All Our Health

The virus has now been reported on every continent except Antarctica. Several news media outlets around the world have reported stories of hostility and discrimination against members of Asian communities because cases of the virus were first reported in Wuhan, China.

This kind of discrimination is unacceptable and harmful to health outcomes. The best way for all San Franciscans to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus is to practice consistent hand washing, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, stay home if you are sick, and get a flu shot. It’s critically important that we come together with compassion and unity during this stressful time. It’s good for everyone’s health.