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Black Brothers Esteem

Join Black Brothers Esteem

Established in 1996, Black Brothers Esteem supports and empowers African American men living with HIV or those at risk of transmission through community events and social support.

Black Brothers Esteem (BBE) is a psychosocial support program for African American men who have sex with men, and gay or bisexual, gender variant, and same-gender loving men who are at risk for HIV transmission.

We support each other around issues related to HIV, hepatitis C, racism, substance use, poverty, homophobia, violence and unstable housing. We work to decrease the social isolation associated with living with HIV and hepatitis C, and our group is open to people of any HIV or hepatitis C status.

Facilitated by our expert staff, BBE designs activities and events to provide a place for African American men to gather and gain support from each other. The goal is to provide education, life skills and enhanced social connections to reduce sexual risk-taking and manage substance use.

If you have questions about BBE, email our team at

A lot of people have come in and moved on to much better places than when they first showed up. That is the satisfaction of me being a part of BBE is to see that there is a way to be who you are and to be the best that you are, without being worried of the stigma.
Martial York BBE member

BBE Counseling & Support

Black Brothers Esteem (BBE) offers confidential, one-on-one counseling services for gay, bisexual and same-gender loving African American and Black men. This service is available during weekly office hours.

To get support, give us a call at 415-487-8018.

BBE Groups & Events

BBE Ask the Experts

Black Brothers Esteem hosts experts who share info and facilitate discussion around HIV and health topics.

Brothers Who Read

A book club created as a community where men can discuss their love of books. All are welcome.

BBE Movie & Game Night

Join Black Brothers Esteem for a get-together with board games, wacky bingo, cards and movies.

Phoenix Rising

Drop in to our discussion and peer support group for gay, bi and same gender loving African American men.

Something New

Join members of Black Brothers Esteem for free social outings around San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Group Facilitators

Preston Vargas, Ph.D. CADC-CAS

Coordinator, Black Brothers Esteem

Pronouns: He/him/his

Tony Bradford

Associate Director, Community Engagement
415- 487-8058

Get tested for HIV, STIs and hepatitis C

Find free testing for HIV, sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and hepatitis C at multiple locations across San Francisco. Ask BBE how you can get a Visa gift card for testing.

QTPOC at Strut

A weekly social, learning and wellness group made by and for Queer & Trans People of Color hosted at Strut every Thursday evening.

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