San Francisco AIDS Foundation plays a leading role in the development of sound HIV/AIDS policies at the federal, state, and local levels and ensuring that elected officials develop an appropriate response to the epidemic. The agency fights to protect the human rights of people living with HIV and to promote the development of effective HIV treatment and prevention strategies.

Working alongside other advocates, the foundation has had many successes and accomplishments over the years, including:
  • Initiating the development of an outcomes-oriented National AIDS Strategy that focuses on reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to appropriate care, and ameliorating health disparities in the HIV epidemic
  • The development and continued reauthorization of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which now provides over $2 billion in critical funding for services for people living with HIV/AIDS, including drug treatments, primary medical care, and essential supportive services
  • The enactment of the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program, which provides nearly $300 million annually in funding for housing support for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Full funding of California’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, a life-saving program that provides HIV/AIDS treatments to over 36,000 individuals who otherwise could not afford these medications
  • Passage of legislation that removes the phlebotomy technician certification requirement for HIV counselors who perform finger sticks for rapid HIV testing, making rapid testing more affordable and accessible to Californians
  • The creation of the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative, which provides $400 million for HIV/AIDS programs that directly benefit racial and ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Passage of legislation in California that allows jurisdictions to legalize needle exchange programs and the sale of sterile syringes at pharmacies without the requirement for a prescription
  • The development of materials and policies to assist Medicare-eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS in understanding and preparing for the implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, also known as Medicare Part D

In addition, San Francisco AIDS Foundation engages in research advocacy at the national level, leading the challenge to identify and employ diverse types of “evidence” for the development of evidence-based approaches to HIV prevention and care. Our efforts have produced:
  • The Caucus for Evidence-Based Prevention (of which San Francisco AIDS Foundation is a founding member), formed for U.S.-based non-governmental organizations and their international partners to highlight and promote comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to HIV prevention at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, and beyond
  • Discussions with special panel sessions held during the 2009 International AIDS Society Conference in Cape Town, the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City in August 2008, the United States Conference on AIDS in November 2007, and the National HIV Prevention Conference in December 2007
  • An official satellite session, titled “HIV/AIDS and Aging: Emerging Issues in Research, Care, Treatment, and Prevention,” at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna

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