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Sexual Health Clinical Training

**The Clinical Assistant Training Program is currently on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check back in 2021 for updates and new details.**

Are you passionate about empowering people in your community to improve their physical, mental, and social well-being? Are you ready to take queer and trans health and wellness to the next level? Are you seeking practical, on-the-job training for public health work in the Bay Area? If so, we welcome you to apply for a clinical assistant position in our Sexual Health Clinical Training program.


Our Sexual Health Clinical Training program provides an opportunity for you to gain practical experience working alongside sexual health clinicians, insurance and benefits navigators, and community programs staff—all experts in HIV prevention, treatment, and advocacy. If you’re looking to make a positive impact in community health, this is an opportunity for you.

The Sexual Health Clinical Training program is a part-time, 24-week paid program. Clinical assistants are compensated at $15/hr, and work primarily at Strut, our health and wellness clinic in the Castro.

Training cycles begin twice a year, in the spring (February to July) and the fall (August to January). Clinical assistants work 3 or 4 half days every week for a total of 12 to 16 hours per week.


  • State certification in HIV test counseling from the San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Hands-on experience delivering the full spectrum of client-centered care—from initial client intake to harm reduction counseling and health navigation
  • Opportunities to learn about and develop evidence-based sexual health programs and services for priority communities
  • Experience facilitating programs and events that prioritize queer and trans people of color and address health disparities in these communities
  • Mentorship and flexible training opportunities based on individual interests
  • Career preparation and coaching
  • Letters of recommendation (with discretion from supervisors)


  • Harm reduction
  • HIV test counseling
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Medical benefits navigation
  • Community organizing to address health disparities
  • Chronic disease management
  • Community-centered clinical administration
  • Nonprofit management and programming


  • Must be available to work 12 to 16 hours per week
  • Must be available for at least one four-hour shift during the day every week


**The Clinical Assistant Training Program is currently on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check back in 2021 for updates and new details.**

There are a limited number of spots available in this highly competitive training program. We welcome people from all races, nationalities and gender identities to apply. Prior experience with harm reduction approaches or working with the LGBTQI community desired (but not required). Candidates of color, Spanish-speaking bilingual/bicultural candidates, people with disabilities, transgender and non-binary people, and HIV-positive candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV, people with disabilities, LGBTQ community members, women, and people of color.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Training Program FAQs

What experience is recommended or required?

Prior experience with harm reduction, substance use counseling, or working with the LGBTQI community desired (but not required). We welcome people of all gender identities and cultural backgrounds to apply. Candidates of color, Spanish-speaking bilingual and bicultural candidates, HIV-positive candidates, and candidates successfully using harm reduction or 12-step principles in their own lives are especially encouraged to apply.

When and where do clinical assistants work?

Our program hours are 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday, Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 am – 8:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday (although work hours may happen outside of these time frames). Clinical assistants work primarily at Strut, our health and wellness center at 470 Castro Street, San Francisco. Travel to our other locations in San Francisco may be required.

When do I apply?

Applications are currently closed.

What materials do I need to apply?

You will be asked to fill out an online applications with some basic information. You will also upload your résumé, cover letter and any additional documents you would like to include. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.

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