We have three ambitious goals: to reduce new HIV infections in San Francisco by 50% by 2015, to ensure that all San Franciscans know their HIV status, and to make sure everyone living with HIV or AIDS has access to proper care… This year we are doubling the number of HIV tests we provide and we’re expanding our work in the African-American community through medical-case management and peer-advocacy services.
We just opened a new satellite office in the Castro for the Stonewall Project, a foundation program that helps guys with alcohol and other drug issues and connects the dots between drugs and HIV risk. We are collaborating closely with a number of community partners to provide free HIV services and care at locations across San Francisco.
We have more work to do as we move closer to ending HIV in the city where it first reached epidemic levels. We will try new prevention programs—and expand existing ones—as we go about reducing new infections by 50% by 2015. It’s a tall order, but if any city is poised to make it happen, it’s San Francisco.”
—San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano, on his organization’s mission as it merges with STOP AIDS, to GayCities.com.