San Francisco AIDS Foundation locations, including Strut, will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, for the Memorial Day Holiday. The Harm Reduction Center will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00pm. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Vaccinations

San Francisco AIDS Foundation offers free vaccinations and immunizations, which are effective ways to prevent the transmission of serious diseases. Most people who receive vaccinations are protected against infection.

* Please contact Strut before coming in to make sure we have the vaccine you want (sometimes we temporarily run out) *

We offer vaccines and immunizations for:

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus, which can be transmitted during activities like anal or butt play and rimming, or by touching an infected person’s butt during sex and then not washing your hands before eating or drinking.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person (CDC, 2018).

Who should get immunized for HAV?

People with direct contact with someone who has hepatitis A; Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common; Men who have sexual contact with men; People who use drugs, both injection and non-injection drug; Household members or caregivers of a recent adoptee from countries where hepatitis A is common; People with clotting factor disorders, such as hemophilia (CDC, 2018).

Note: There are no special considerations for HIV positive individuals for hep A.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus, which can be contracted from an infected person during condomless oral or anal sex, or by using an infected person’s toothbrush, razor or injection equipment.

HBV is transmitted through activities that involve percutaneous (i.e., puncture through the skin) or mucosal contact with infectious blood or body fluids (e.g., semen, saliva), including: Sex with an infected partner; Injection drug use that involves sharing needles, syringes, or drug-preparation equipment; Birth to an infected mother; Contact with blood or open sores of an infected person; Needle sticks or sharp instrument exposures. HBV is not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, hand holding, coughing, or sneezing (CDC, 2018).

Who should get immunized for HBV?

People at risk for infection by sexual exposure; Sex partners of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)–positive persons; Sexually active people who are not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship (e.g., persons with more than one sex partner during the previous six months); People seeking evaluation or treatment for a sexually transmitted infection; Men who have sex with men; People at risk for infection by percutaneous or mucosal exposure to blood; Current or recent injection-drug users; Household contacts of people who are HBsAg-positive (CDC, 2018).

Note: HIV positive patients receive a “double dose” when receiving hepatitis B immunizations. HIV positive individuals fall under immunosuppressed guidelines for providing immunizations.

There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C.

Flu Shots

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May (CDC, 2018).

Flu vaccines are available seasonally (fall and winter)

Make an appointment or drop in to Magnet at Strut to receive a vaccine or immunization.

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