Black Health Center of Excellence
Linking African Americans living with HIV to care, groups, medical case management and more.
We are open! Sexual health testing and HIV services are available at Strut (470 Castro Street) Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm. Call 415-581-1600 for instructions or to make an appointment. In accordance with public health regulations, face coverings are required and other safety protocols are in effect.
With questions, call our navigation team at 415-437-3450, press option #2. You can also email questions about HIV services to assist4HIV@sfaf.org.
We offer a range of services that help connect you to HIV treatment, benefits, housing subsidies, insurance, and more.
People living with HIV have more treatment and support options than ever before. We offer a variety of HIV services to assist people living with HIV get into HIV care, start or re-start HIV treatment, get to undetectable and live a healthy life. We do not provide HIV primary care services.
One of the goals of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) is to get your viral load down to undetectable levels. You’ll have better health if you’re undetectable, and you won’t transmit HIV to others. In San Francisco, health care providers aim to get people started on HIV medications the very same day they are diagnosed.
For people newly diagnosed with HIV at one of our testing sites, we offer rapid HIV treatment starts. If you are ready to begin treatment, we provide medication the same day of diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with HIV already, but are not taking HIV medications or are not in care, we can help you begin treatment and get back into medical care.
We can provide HIV medications to people who are running out of medications or otherwise don’t have access to their medication in some circumstances. If you are traveling in the Bay Area, and lose your medication or run out, stop in to see us at Magnet at Strut for assistance.
Living Positively is a free resource with vital information about HIV health and wellness topics, including medications, sex & dating with HIV, disclosure, becoming undetectable, and so much more.
We offer free, confidential screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis C at multiple locations across San Francisco. If you’re having sex, we recommend you get tested every 3 – 6 months.
For eligible California residents, the AIDS Drug Assistance (ADAP) program provides free HIV medications and payment assistance for people with private health insurance or Medicare Part D.
To be eligible for the ADAP program, you must:
Many HIV providers can enroll you in ADAP. Ask your provider and learn more through our Housing & Financial Benefits services.
Access a variety of services for people who are living with HIV and need help with their current housing or health insurance. We partner with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to stabilize people’s housing through rental assistance and promote access to HIV care and medication. Many of our clients have been provisionally housed for significant periods, and without assistance, they would be unable to afford their rental units, leaving them in danger of homelessness.
Whether you’re a long-term survivor, newly diagnosed or somewhere in between, we have services, resources and social support to keep you engaged in care and informed about the latest advances.
Friends, loved ones and other forms of social support not only improve your quality of life, they can help you through the tough times you might encounter. We have a variety of social support groups and events to help you meet new people, establish friendships and find a community of belonging.