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We are open! Sexual health testing and HIV services are available Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm. Schedule an appointment ahead of time by calling 415-581-1600. If you’d like to start PrEP, make an appointment online. In accordance with public health regulations, face coverings are required and other safety protocols are in effect.

If you have symptoms of a suspected sexually transmitted infection 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 coordinate services and testing for you.

If you are interested in receiving PrEP from our clinical team, please reach out. We want to meet with you! Make an online appointment.

If you are currently receiving PrEP or HIV care from our clinical team, we can extend your prescriptions. To request a refill, call our navigation team at 415-437-3450, press option #2. You can also email questions about PrEP to and questions about HIV services to

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is more than 99% effective at preventing HIV infection. You take it before you come into contact with HIV.

All clients are required to wear masks while in the building. Masks are available if you need one.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.

Exposed to HIV?

PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is for people who have potentially been exposed to HIV in the previous 72 hours. PEP is a month-long medication treatment that we are able to provide on a limited basis. PEP is also available in most hospital emergency departments.

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.


What is PrEP?

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a highly effective method of HIV prevention. With PrEP, people who are HIV-negative take a pill to reduce the risk of getting infected if they’re exposed to HIV. PrEP is an additional method of HIV prevention that is recommended to be used with other strategies like condoms and regular HIV and STI testing.

We offer both daily PrEP and PrEP 2-1-1 dosing options.

Schedule a PrEP enrollment appointment

If you’re new or don’t have an Online Client Portal account, you’ll need to call us at 415-581-1600 . There are no costs to access care. The cost of the medication will go through your insurance if you have it. There is also copay assistance available to cover your medication cost. If you’re uninsured, we can help you with your options. Call us at 415-437-3450, and press option #2. If you do not have access to a phone, please stop by and a team member will schedule an appointment for you.

Important: Unfortunately, we are unable to prescribe medication for individuals who have Kaiser Permanente or Veterans Health Administration (VA) health care because these plans require prescriptions from providers within their networks. If you have Kaiser or VA health insurance, contact your member services to enroll onto their PrEP programs. If you are unable to get PrEP through them, please call our PrEP team line at 415-437-3450 to explore options.

Main Office Magnet at Strut

Possible HIV Exposure?

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is for people who have potentially been exposed to HIV in the previous 72 hours. PEP is month-long medication treatment that we are able to provide on a limited basis. The sooner you start taking PEP, the better.


PrEP services at QTPOC at Strut

Drop-in PrEP services are available for queer and trans people of color at this weekly event. No appointment needed.

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Who is PrEP for?

PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative and at risk for HIV infection. That can include people who have one or more partners who are living with HIV, people who have one or more partners whose status they don’t know, men who have sex with men, trans and non-binary people who have sex with men, people who have had sex without condoms, people in the sex trade, people who use injection drugs, and other people who may be worried about HIV infection.

If you have sex and have difficulty using condoms or don’t like to use condoms, PrEP is a way you can reduce your risk for HIV. For many people, PrEP reduces worry and anxiety around sex—enabling people to have healthier, safer sex lives.

You can talk to your health provider to find out if you’re a good candidate.

How effective is PrEP?

PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV infection–up to or more than 99% when used as prescribed. PrEP does not protect against STIs including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

What's the difference between PrEP and PEP?

PrEP is when you take medication as prescribed before a possible HIV risk event, like having sex or injecting. PrEP is an acronym for “pre-exposure prophylaxis.” There are specific ways to take PrEP either daily dosing or around the times of anal sex.

PEP is when you take medicine as prescribed fewer than 72 hours after possible HIV exposure, like with an accidental needle stick or sex without a condom with someone with a detectable viral load. PEP stands for “post-exposure prophylaxis.” PEP should be limited to emergency situations.

How do I get PrEP?

Make an appointment online to visit one of our sites to get PrEP. If you’re concerned about cost, we can help.

  • The cost of the medication will go through your insurance. There is copay assistance available to cover your share of the cost.
  • If you are uninsured and make less than $60,300 a year, you are eligible to get the medication for free from the pharmaceutical company. We will do all the paperwork for you. Please bring your ID to your appointment and the last two months of pay stubs if you are currently working.
  • If you are uninsured and make more than $60,300, please contact our PrEP Benefits team to discuss your options at 415-437-3450.

* If you have Kaiser, VA or want to discuss options, please call us.

What will happen at my PrEP appointment?

Here’s what you can expect during your visit.

  • Your appointment may be up to two hours long.
  • One of our nurse practitioners will do a complete medical evaluation, including HIV tests, STI testing and a metabolic panel.
  • One of our benefits navigators will help you take advantage of patient assistance programs, insurance benefits, and other options to help you pay for PrEP.
  • If you’re ready to begin PrEP after meeting with our staff and our medical staff determine that it’s safe for you to take PrEP, you’ll leave your first appointment with a prescription for PrEP in hand.
  • We’ll follow-up with you by phone three days later and then we’ll ask you return a month later for a follow-up visit. Then, you’ll be scheduled for PrEP follow-up appointments every three months.
Which medication should I take for PrEP?

There are now two medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PrEP: Truvada and Descovy. If you have questions about which medication might be right for you, take a look at the similarities and differences between the two medications in this side-by-side comparison. 

Do I take PrEP every day?

Daily PrEP is one way to take PrEP. It is the only way to take PrEP approved by the FDA in the U.S. People who take daily PrEP take one tablet of Truvada once per day. Read more about daily PrEP.

Daily PEP

Can I take PrEP around the times I have sex?

In addition to taking daily PrEP, there is another effective way to take PrEP called PrEP 2-1-1. PrEP 2-1-1 is only effective for people having anal sex and people who are not taking hormones. Read more about how to take PrEP 2-1-1.

PrEP 2-1-1

Our PrEP Team

Janessa Broussard RN, MSN, AGNP-C

Vice President, Medical Affairs

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Janessa Broussard RN, MSN, AGNP-C

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Janessa Broussard, RN, MSN, AGNP-C directs clinical services at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, overseeing the provision of HIV prevention/PrEP, sexual health, HIV and hepatitis C care; services for transgender and non-binary clients; and clinical research. She is passionate about creating models of care that address the needs of communities with unmet needs, including LGBTQ+ individuals, people experiencing homelessness and people who inject drugs. She is proud to oversee multi-site clinical services for these communities at SFAF with a nurse-led team that continues the legacy of nurses being at the forefront of HIV care. In the coming years, Janessa is excited to lead efforts to expand PrEP access to more locations and priority communities, building on the strong PrEP program established by SFAF’s clinical team.

Prior to joining SFAF, Janessa specialized in LGBTQ care and HIV primary care at the UCSF Clinician Consultation Center, as an HIV primary care nurse practitioner at CPMC Davies, and at East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC). She also worked for more than eight years as an RN in the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Since June 2018, Janessa has served as the president of the Association in Nurses in AIDS Care, Golden Gate Chapter. She received her adult geriatric nurse practitioner primary care (AGNP-C) degree with an HIV focus from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is currently pursuing a nursing PhD in sexual and gender minority research at UCSF, with research that will contribute to the development of comprehensive sexual and gender minority care guidelines, with attention to social justice in health care.

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