Black Brothers Esteem

African American men who are gay, bisexual and same gender loving are at a disproportionately higher risk for HIV infection. Black Brothers Esteem, or BBE, works to change that. It’s a prevention and support program from San Francisco AIDS Foundation to empower men who predominantly live in the Tenderloin/Polk Gulch and Sixth Street Corridor neighborhoods of San Francisco. These men struggle not only with issues related to HIV, but also with racism, addiction, poverty, homophobia, violence and marginal housing.

Facilitated by our expert staff, Black Brothers Esteem designs activities and events to provide a place for African American men to gather and to gain support from each other. The goal: provide education, skills and enhanced social connections to reduce sexual risk-taking.

Activities, Programs and Services

  • Phoenix Rising (Every Wednesday from 4–6pm)
    A weekly drop-in discussion/peer support group allows participants to get support from each other on issues such as sex, current events, community and health.
  • Ask the Experts (2nd Friday of the month from 4–5:30pm)
    Health experts address pertinent community topics such as HIV, housing resources, and interpreting your labs.
  • Game Nights (4th Friday of the month from 5:30–8:30pm)
    Health experts address pertinent community topics such as HIV, housing resources, and interpreting your labs.
  • Counseling and Support (Monday – Friday, 9am–5pm)
    Staff is available to provide confidential individual counseling and support during weekly office hours. Call (415) 487-8018 for an appointment.
  • Something New (Once a Month, TBD)
    A fun social outing that happens every once a month to support community building and engagement. Past events include: bowling, BBQs, movie outings, and comedy shows… and it's always FREE!

HIV/STI Testing Services* (-/+)

  • SF AIDS Foundation
    1035 Market Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 [Map]
    Tuesday through Thursday: 3 pm to 6pm
  • Strut
    470 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114 [Map]
    Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
    Tuesday through Thursday, 3 pm to 6 pm

* Ask BBE how you can get a Visa card for testing!

BBE Coaching & Support

  • We offer confidential individual coaching and support during weekly office hours, Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm. Call 415-487-8018 to schedule an appointment.

Location & Contact Information

  • Address: 1035 Market Street, 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94103 [Map]
    Phone: 415-487-8018

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