Magnet

Welcome to Magnet

Magnet, our sexual health clinic in the Castro, provides STI testing and treatment, HIV testing and linkage to care, PrEP services, anal health services and more.

Magnet is located on the second floor at Strut, 470 Castro Street, San Francisco. Reach us at 415-581-1600.

Hours of Operaion

Magnet is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm.

Access Magnet Services

Service How to Access Services
Sexual health services (STI & HIV testing, anal health services, vaccinations) Drop-in when Magnet is open (Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm).
Express STI testing (Magnet Express) Drop-in when Magnet is open (Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm).

You will self-swab for STIs and a phlebotomist will draw your blood.

Visit will be 10 mins.

STI treatment Book an appointment online, link sent by clinical team to people with a confirmed diagnosis.

If diagnosed at another clinic, call 415-581-1600 and press option #1 for info on appointment scheduling.

PrEP Enrollment (new clients) Make an appointment online.

Please note: If you’re having trouble finding an appointment time online that works for your schedule, please call us. We will try to find a time that works for you. 

Call 415-437-3450 or 415-581-1600, press option 1.

PrEP services not available for people with Kaiser, VA benefits, or Tricare.

Re-Start PrEP (previous Magnet clients) Call 415-437-3450 or 415-581-1600, press option 1.

Drop-in (first come, first serve).

PrEP Express Follow-Up Visit Drop-in when Magnet is open (Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 7 pm; Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 6:30 pm)

Call 415-437-3450 to book in advance.

Get PEP Call 415-581-1600, select #3 to be connected to the nursing team. PEP services are dependent on staff availability.
Interim HIV care: Emergency HIV meds Call 415-437-3450 for an appointment; email assist4HIV@sfaf.org 
Health navigation or help with benefits related to HIV or PrEP care Call 415-437-3450 for an appointment; email assist4HIV@sfaf.org or prep@sfaf.org
Gender-affirming care (hormones & hormone level checks) Call 415-437-3456 for info or an appointment.
Hepatitis C treatment & care If you’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis C, call 415-350-2900 to discuss your options with a clinician and make an appointment.

 

About Drop-In Appointments

To book a same-day drop-in appointment, grab a ticket from the ticket machine outside the building starting at 9:30 am Tuesday – Saturday, and come back at 10 am when we open. If you aren’t back at 10 am or if you lose your number, we will give your spot to the next person. Same-day appointments are generally between the hours of 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, but may also happen later in the afternoon. Getting a ticket does not guarantee there will be an appointment available on the same day.

Additional Info About Our Services

Get your test results & make appointments through our online client portal. If you have not activated your client portal, please call the services navigation team at 415-581-1600 to have it turned on.
"I've been to a lot of different places to test and out of them all I really love Magnet and particularly this location in Castro. The counselors are sweethearts and they are very nice and professional here. It's very conveniently located.”
Krishna V.

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Meet Our Team

Jasmin Alvarez, CPT 1

Director, Clinical Operations

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Jasmin Alvarez, CPT 1

Director, Clinical Operations

Jasmin Alvarez is the director of clinical operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, joining first in 2015 as a lab technician. Jasmin was born and raised in the Bay Area and has deep roots in the heart of the Mission where she grew up. Having lived in a Latinx Community most of her life, she has experienced health disparities firsthand with herself, her family, and her friends. That’s one reason why she advocates for marginalized communities and has a passion for health rights.

Working in laboratory fields, Jasmin makes connections with clients by listening to their stories, experiencing and the challenges they face every day just to take care of themselves. Their stories are the drive and passion behind her work. When she’s not working to dismantle racism and misogyny in the workplace, Jasmin is kept busy by her two loving dogs who would do anything for a tennis ball.

Joshua Bruce

Services Navigator

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Adrian Cano

Lab Technician

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Leo Dominguez

PrEP & HIV Benefits Coordinator & Linkage Navigator

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Sugar Edwards

Lab Technician

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Andrew Ellenberg

Lab Technician

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Dillon Hartwig

Services Navigator

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Ron Mabagos

Nurse Practitioner

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Rikki Montoya

Medical Assistant - Clinical Research

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Cantwell Muckenfuss

Administrative Services Manager

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Ashakie Phillips

Nurse Practitioner

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Kyle Richardson

Lab Technician

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Jorge Roman, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS

Senior Director, Clinical Services

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Jorge Roman, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Jorge Roman oversees clinical services at Magnet, the sexual health clinic at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Passionate about health care delivery for clients living with HIV and HIV PrEP, Jorge came to SFAF in 2019. Prior to that, he worked at OLE Health where he led efforts for LGBT inclusion and culturally appropriate care.

Jorge holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of California, San Diego, and a BS and a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Jorge is passionate about bringing about health equity through health care delivery that focuses on BIPOC communities. Jorge lives in Sonoma with his partner of over 20 years and beagle Tucker.

David Sierakowski

Services Navigator

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Fatima Ticas

Laboratory Services Manager

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Eri Virgen

Services Navigator

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Elgin White

Clinical Services Administrative Coordinator

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DO I NEED A FULL SEXUAL HEALTH EXAM?

If you think you might have symptoms, want to talk to a clinician, are a new client, or have been exposed to an STI, you’ll need a full sexual health visit. You can make an appointment online or walk-in for a same-day appointment.

WHEN DO I GET TEST RESULTS?

Results are available 10 business days after your visit. Please do not come back for results before this waiting period. Results of rapid HIV tests are given the same day.

If any of your tests come back positive, we will contact you and ask you to come back for treatment.

Individuals with negative test results are not contacted. You will be able to see your test results in your online patient portal.

I MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO HIV IN THE LAST 72 HOURS. DO I NEED PEP?

For people who have potentially been exposed to HIV in the previous 72 hours, we offer full Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) services with a full month of the medication provided for free. PEP should be considered if you were sexually assaulted, if you were stuck by a needle or if you shared injection drug use equipment with someone of an unknown HIV status, or if you had a condom break or you had condomless anal sex with a person of unknown HIV status or someone with a detectable HIV viral load. People with undetectable viral loads do not transmit HIV.

If you think you need PEP, call us at 415-581-1600 before coming to Magnet so that we can be sure that we can see you. If we are unable to see you, we can refer you to another clinic for PEP. PEP should be taken as soon as possible and within 72 hours after the potential HIV exposure. Every hour counts. Do not wait – call us right away.