The Essential Guide for World AIDS Day in SF


San Francisco AIDS Foundation and local community partners are commemorating this World AIDS Day with a number of events that honor those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and celebrates the progress we are making in getting to zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma.

Although World AIDS Day is on Thursday, December 1, events are taking place throughout the week.


San Francisco AIDS Foundation

  • Thursday, December 1, 3:00pm – 5:00pm – Testing Event
    • Black Brothers Esteem (BBE), DREAAM, and TransLife will be holding a special testing initiative for gay/bi men of color and trans/gender variant people of color, ages 12 and over. Testing events will continue throughout the month of December.
  • Thursday, December 1, 6pm - World AIDS Day Candle Light Vigil
    • Join Black Brothers Esteem (BBE), TransLife, and DREAAM outside the San Francisco AIDS Foundation at 1035 Market Street to come together and remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS.



  • Thursday, December 1 – Inscribe World AIDS Day Event
    • Students from the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy will be coming to Strut to write the names of people that have been lost to AIDS on the sidewalks in the Castro.
  • Friday, December 2, 8:00pm – World AIDS Day-themed Art Opening: “Good luck… Miss you too”
    • For the month of December, Strut will be exhibiting the work of Aaron Kissman, which investigates modern day stigma centered on HIV/AIDS.
  • Saturday, December 3, 5pm – WHEN WE RISE Publication Launch
    • Celebration of the launch of Cleve Jones’ new memoir.
  • Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm – 6:00pm - Healing Together: World AIDS Day Commemoration and Mask Exhibit
    • Each year, Clinica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center celebrates the community and the achievements in the AIDS movement as well as honor the lives lost to the epidemic. Clients and community members create masks out of their own faces and decorate based on a theme.


Getting to Zero

  • Thursday, December 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Getting to Zero Consortium Meeting
    • Join the Getting to Zero Consortium for an update on San Francisco’s process on increasing access to PrEP, HIV early treatment, as well as updates on innovative prevention efforts.


In the Community

  • Wednesday, November 30, 6:30pm – 9:30pm – Light in the Grove
    • On this 25th anniversary year of the creation of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, attend the seventh annual Light in the Grove fundraising gala, a one-of-a-kind occasion of remembrance and celebration. Tickets range from $250 to $10,000
  • Wednesday, November 30, 7:00pm – David France with Terry Beswick: “How to Survive a Plague”
    • Contributing editor for the New York Times, David France, discusses How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS with Terry Beswick, Executive Director of The GLBT Historical Society. The event takes place at Books Inc. at Opera Plaza and 15% of proceeds raised during the event benefit The GLBT Historical Society.
  • Thursday, December 1, 8:30am – 9:00am – Positive Pedalers’ World AIDS Day Ride
    • In recognition of World AIDS Day, Positive Pedalers will host a remembrance bike ride beginning and ending at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.
  • Thursday, December 1, 1:00pm – 5:30pm – HIV Cure Summit 2016 (RSVP Required)
    • The amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research hosts its annual HIV Cure Summit, free and open to the public. Hear from industry leaders on where we are in the search for an HIV cure.
  • Thursday, December 1, 7:00pm – “Last Men Standing” World AIDS Day Screening
    • Showing at the Castro Theatre, “Last Men Standing” is The San Francisco Chronicle’s first-ever 65-minute documentary that follows the lives of eight survivors of AIDS. These men outlived an epidemic, watched as their generation was decimated by the deadly disease -- and are still fighting for their lives. Tickets are $20.

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