World AIDS Day Events in San Francisco for 2017

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 celebrate the progress we are making in getting to zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma. World AIDS Day is on Friday, December 1, and events are taking place throughout the week.

Tuesday, November 28

Positive Force Screening and Discussion: Positive Force will be hosting a screening and group discussion of the film, Memories of a Pentitent Heart, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at 1035 Market Street, 3rd Floor in the Swing Space. To RSVP, contact

HIV Cure Summit: Join amfAR for an update on HIV cure research at UCSF. The event will be held in the Robertson Auditorium at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus from 1 pm to 4 pm. RSVP for more information.

Wednesday, November 29

Getting to Zero Consortium Meeting: Join the Getting to Zero Consortium for an update on San Francisco’s progress on increasing access to PrEP, HIV early treatment, ending HIV stigma, and more. The event will be held at 25 Van Ness Avenue, 6th floor, from 6 pm – 8 pm. RSVP and get more information.

Thursday, November 30

Light in the Grove (*Sold Out*): This fundraising gala will be held from 6 pm – 9:30 pm in the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. Guests will experience a moving candlelight reflection in the Circle of Friends, the heart of the Memorial, then walk through the Redwood Grove to a banquet with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and a dinner buffet with musical and artistic performances. Buy tickets.

Clínica Esperanza's Annual World AIDS Day Mask Exhibition: Join Clínica Esperanza at the Terra Gallery (511 Harrison St.) for a night of remembrance and celebration from 6 pm – 9 pm. Hand-made masks created by staff and community members will be on display and appetizers and drinks will be served. Find more information.

Friday, December 1

AIDS/LifeCycle ride and remembrance gathering: The Positive Pedalers will host a remembrance ride through Golden Gate Park near the National AIDS Memorial Grove at 8:30 am. The group will embark on a 17-mile ride through Golden Gate Park and around Lake Merced. Find more information and RSVP.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit at Grace Cathedral: For the 30th anniversary of the NAMES Project, panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the cathedral (open 9 am – 6 pm). The exhibit will culminate with a special event at 7:30 pm that will include the rededication of the cathedral’s recently-renovated AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel. Find more information.

Inscribe Event: Students from the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy will be coming to the Castro on the morning of December 1 to write the names of people that have been lost to AIDS on the sidewalks in the Castro. Anyone can show up to inscribe the names of loved ones or other messages for World AID S Day on the sidewalk. The event is free and open to the public. Find more information.

Candlelight Vigil and Walk: Join Black Brothers Esteem (BBE), TransLife, and DREAAM for a candlelight vigil to remember those we have lost to HIV and AIDS and stand in solidarity with those current living with HIV. At sunset, we will walk together from San Francisco AIDS Foundation to City Hall. Meet outside of San Francisco AIDS Foundation (1035 Market Street in San Francisco) at 5 pm.  Find out more information.

DREAAM Friday Night Kickback: DREAAM Drop-In Fridays is open to all LGBTQQI young people of color and their allies, ages 30 and under. Eat some food, chat, get information about our community and make new friends at this event at Strut (470 Castro Street in San Francisco), from 5 pm – 8 pm. Find more information.

“Physique and Fantasy” Opening Reception for the Art of Oscar Gallegos Zamora: The last art opening of the year at Strut (470 Castro Street), from 8 pm – 10 pm, will showcase the art of Oscar Gallegos Zamora. A series of collage shadow boxes that depict muscular men from vintage bodybuilding magazines, modern-day gay magazines, and the internet pay homage to the complicated history of gay media. Find more information.

Sunday, December 3

Glide World AIDS Day Event: "Voices of the Quilt" creator Ayesu Larte will be performing one song and sharing the story of how he got inspired to write the musica from 9:00am to 10:30am, and again from 11:00am to 12:30pm. This is a free event. Find out more information.

Remainder of December

World AIDS Day Testing Event: Black Brothers Esteem (BBE), DREAAM, and TransLife will be coordinating an HIV and STI testing initiative throughout the month of December. African American gay and bi men, and African American trans and gender nonconforming people may be eligible for a gift card. Testing occurs at 1035 Market Street, 4th Floor, Tuesdays - Thursdays from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Full schedule below:

  • Tuesday, December 5 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 6 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday, December 7, 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 12 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 13 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday, December 14 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 19 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 20 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday, December 21 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm


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