2016 certainly has been a momentous year for the City, the State, and the country. We take some time to reflect back on everything San Francisco AIDS Foundation accomplished this year.
Strut, our new center for health and wellness, opened on January 4. Strut has enabled our expansion of sexual health services, including our PrEP program which just enrolled its 1,800th client. Bridgemen also hit a milestone this year with over 2,000 active members participating in community building activities based out of Strut.
We expanded services at our 6th Street Harm Reduction Center at 117 Sixth Street. The center is now open 44 hours a week and offers HIV and hepatitis C testing, safer substance use supplies that help prevent HIV and hep C disease transmission, a nurse on staff to help treat skin infections and abscesses, linkage to HIV and hep C care, drop-in counseling, overdose prevention, and disposal services for used supplies.
Black Brothers Esteem (BBE) celebrated its 20th anniversary of empowering African American men who are gay, bisexual or same gender loving.
We welcomed Joe Hollendoner as our new Chief Executive Officer.
AIDS/LifeCycle participants raised over $16.1 million to support HIV prevention and care services at San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Los Angeles LGBT Center.
We successfully made the transition over to an electronic health records system (EHR) in August. As a result, our mobile testing unit has been able to see 50% more clients. And across all of our HIV and testing locations, we’ve done over 15,000 HIV tests.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation staff attended and presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
Our counselors with Stonewall served more than 800 people with substance use services. The Stonewall Project was also honored for its work by the San Francisco Mental Health Board.
At our annual Tribute Celebration, we honored Senator Mark Leno and the founding members of Black Brothers Esteem for their contributions to our community. The event rasied a record-breaking $446,065 for the foundation!
People from across the Bay Area showed just how San Francisco AF they were and joined us in supporting the Campaign for Health and Wellness, which is now 97% to its goal of $15 million.
Cheers Queers launched as we began offering new services related to binge drinking.
Over 450,000 visitors have accessed BETA, our HIV and sexual health blog.
Santa Skivvies Run participants dropped trou and raised over $90,000 to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
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