Sex, Drugs & HIV: A Forum on Harm Reduction

What: "Sex, Drugs & HIV: A User's Guide to Harm Reduction," a HIVision Forum presented by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Harm reduction refers to any practice designed to decrease negative consequences of high-risk behavior. Unlike abstinence-only thinking, harm reduction embraces non-judgmental ways to reduce the risks of drug use and unprotected sex, such as sero-positioning or syringe exchange. Since adopting harm reduction nearly 10 years ago, San Franciscans can access services without having to be "clean" and sober, yet harm reduction remains misunderstood by many.

Who: Grant Colfax, M.D., director of HIV Prevention and Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health; Perry Rhodes III, site supervisor, UCSF AIDS Health Project; Imani P. Woods, lead trainer and principal of Progressive Solutions; Michael Siever, director of Behavioral Health Services at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco

Contact: Debra Holtz (415) 487-3071 or 
Background: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.

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