Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

Know Your San Francisco AIDS Foundation Needle Exchange Program – Nine Operations Each Week

Monday, October 17th, 2011

It’s been a while, and things have changed a bit, so here we go again.

As seen behind the Church Street Safeway:

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All sites offer the following services:

  • Sterile syringe exchange
  • Safer injection and sex supplies
  • Printed resources and information on drug treatment, medical care, and health & social services

Additional services available at individual needle exchange sites are listed below along with site times and locations.

Site listings by day of the week

  • Monday, 7pm – 9pm: Ivy Street (between Polk & Van Ness/Grove and Hayes, next to Tom Waddell Clinic) (Yahoo! map)
    • Anonymous, free, oral HIV testing – Tenderloin Health 
    • Urgent medical care
  • Tuesday, 10am – 12 noon: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • Urgent medical care and referrals
  • Tuesday, 6pm – 8pm: Duboce (between Church and Market) (Yahoo! map)
  • Thursday, 12:30pm-1:30pm: Martin De Porres @ 225 Potrero Ave between 15th & 16th  (Google map)
  • Thursday, 7pm – 9pm: Hemlock Alley (between Post and Sutter/Polk and Van Ness) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 12 noon – 2pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • HIV, Hep C testing, 12-2pm
  • Friday, 6pm – 8pm: 234 Eddy Street (near the Windsor Hotel) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 7pm – 9pm: Mobile Outreach based at 16th Street @ Mission (Yahoo! map)
  • Saturday3pm – 11pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
Get the FAQ after the jump.
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SFPD’s Person of Interest: Suspected Killer of Clyde Leo Neville – August 3rd, 2011 – 20 Franklin Near Market

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Here’s the latest:

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“Homicide
Person of Interest

On August 3rd 2011 at 1428 hrs. Victim Clyde Leo Neville was a victim of a homicide in a room located at 20 Franklin Street, San Francisco. The above pictured subject was caught on surveillance cameras entering the Franklin Street address with victim Neville Prior to his death.

Anyone with information or questions regarding this case may contact Homicide Inspectors listed below:

Inspector Martin, Inspector Cunningham or Inspector Warnke

SFPD Homicide Detail
415-553-1145
SFPD Department Operation Center 24/7
415-553-1071
SFPD Anonymous Tip Line:
415-575-4444
SFPD Text-A-Tip
to: 847411
type: SFPD + msg
SFPD CASE #
110 620 063″

Giant AIDS Ribbon on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks Commemorates the 30th Year of HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

It will be around until June 19th, 2011. Details below.

(PRNewsFoto/San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Alex Bernardin)

Giant AIDS Ribbon on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks Commemorates the 30th Year of HIV/AIDS

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2011  –For the first time ever, a massive red ribbon appears on the side of Twin Peaks to mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States. Organized by San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the ribbon was installed by more than 100 community volunteers to honor San Francisco’s legacy in fighting HIV/AIDS and to raise awareness of the importance of knowing your HIV status and getting proper care.

“This ribbon is a bold reminder to the entire world that HIV/AIDS is still an issue that urgently needs our attention,” said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano. “We have made tremendous progress in the fight against the disease over the past 30 years, but our work is not done. We believe even one new infection is one too many, and we will continue to give people the information and services they need to remain healthy and take care of the people they love.”

Every day in San Francisco, two more people are newly infected with HIV. More than 56,000 people are infected every year nationwide. Alarmingly, rates of new HIV infections are rising among gay and bisexual men nationwide, the only risk group for which this is the case. San Francisco AIDS Foundation conceived the red ribbon to reinforce its commitment to improving the health of the community through increased HIV testing and prevention efforts, and vital services that ensure HIV-positive people can access treatment and receive high-quality care.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of the virus that would be known as AIDS on June 5, 1981. San Francisco was the first city in the country to experience epidemic levels of the disease. Today there are close to 16,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.

“San Francisco has always been a pioneer when it comes to HIV/AIDS,” said San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. “From the early days of the disease, the city responded with courage to save lives and change the course of the epidemic. Today the ribbon on Twin Peaks is an extension of that legacy and sends an important message that San Francisco will always be a leader in the fight against HIV.”

“I am so proud to be part of this historic effort to raise awareness,” said volunteer Mike Shaw, who helped to install the ribbon. “This ribbon is a reminder that in San Francisco we take care of everyone in our community. We have always been a compassionate city, and that will never change.”

The ribbon is made out of 25 tarps. It is 225 feet long and 165 feet wide, and is visible from points across San Francisco and the Bay Area. It is scheduled to remain on Twin Peaks until June 19th.

About San Francisco AIDS Foundation

San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to end the HIV epidemic in the city where it began, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco because we refuse to accept HIV as inevitable. Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease.

San Francisco Launches FC2 Female Condom Campaign – Female Health Company Supports Effort

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Uh, “female initiated?” Uh…

Uh, “controlled by women?” Uh…

(All right, I guess in a Wikileaks situation, there is more control, I’ll give them that…)

Uh, “STI?” That’s a new one on me. (Sounds better than “STD,” though, in’nt?)

All the deets. Appears as if this is another one of those public-private partnerships, for better or worse…

“San Francisco Launches Female Condom Campaign – Female Health Company Supports San Francisco’s Campaign to Promote the FC2 Female Condom® for Safer Sex and HIV Prevention

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2011 — The Female Health Company (FHC) (Nasdaq: FHCO) is supporting the launch of San Francisco’s social marketing campaign to raise awareness and use of the FC2 Female Condom® among people living at risk of HIV infection. The FC2 Female Condom remains the only FDA-approved method of female-initiated HIV prevention available. FHC is working actively with public health departments and other partners to introduce FC2 in U.S. cities with the highest HIV prevalence rates.

According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, from the first recorded cases of AIDS in 1981 through 2009, the city reported 19,080 AIDS deaths. At the end of 2009, nearly 16,000 San Franciscans were living with HIV infection. The city currently accounts for about 18 percent of all AIDS cases in California.

“I am very pleased to see such community excitement about the FC2 being available in our city. It is so important to give our communities another good option for taking control of the sexual health,” said Susan Phillip, MD, Director of STD Prevention and Control, for San Francisco Department of Public Health.

The city’s multifaceted communications and marketing effort is being conducted to promote the FC2 female condom as both an acceptable and affordable HIV prevention option. With funding and technical support provided by FHC and other partners, it is sponsoring train-the-trainer programs to equip San Francisco and Bay Area service organizations with the necessary skills to promote female condom usage amongst their clientele.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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“Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2010″ a Huge Success at the Orpheum Theatre

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Well, you might have missed Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2010 but photographer David Yu was there at the Orpheum Theatre  on Friday.

Check out all the action right here.

Benefiting Local HIV/AIDS charities
Friday, September 24, 2010, 8pm
Fashion Show at Orpheum Theatre
Post-Party at the Asian Art Museum

Angels!

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Aren’t we proud of ourselves?

Just what you’d expect from a big show like this

And Versace too:

See you next year!

Bruce Vilanch Plays San Francisco on Monday, July 12th – AIDS Benefit at Club Fugazi

Friday, July 9th, 2010

One Night Only. All the deets, below.

Bruce Vilanch will be a special guest at a one night only cabaretto benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, to be held at Club Fugazi, on Monday, July 12 at 7:30pm. Cast members from the touring casts of Young Frankenstein and Wicked will perform at the event, offering personal favorites. In addition the evening will feature comedy and dance material.

Tickets are available by phone by calling 415-421- 4222.”

9th Annual AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Begins – From the Cow Palace to L.A. in Seven Days

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Here’s the scene at 5:00 AM this morning down at Daly City’s California State Livestock Pavilion where 2400 roadies (road bike riders) and their volunteer road crews (aka roadies, it’s confusing I know) just took off for L.A. in the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event.

Check it:

First-time ALC cyclist Greg and a bunch of bikes at the Cow Palace this AM via WeberSF

The bro in this shot from last year (note the fog – it’s a tradition) could be YOU next year! Why not?

From AIDS/LifeCycle

All the deets, below.

Bon Courage, cyclistes!

AIDS/LifeCycle Begins as 2,400 Hit the Road to Raise Awareness and $10 Million to Fight AIDS. San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bike ride is world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, June 6 - A colorful stream of 2,400 bicyclists and volunteer “roadies” from nearly every state and eight countries left San Francisco this morning on the way to Los Angeles as participants in AIDS/LifeCycle, the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event. In its ninth year, the event is expected to raise $10 million to care for those living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections.  In the seven days it takes to ride to Los Angeles, more than 1,000 people in the United States and 50,000 people around the world will be infected with HIV.

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 545-mile bike ride — not a race — that supports the HIV/AIDS services provided by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  It also raises awareness that HIV/AIDS is a growing scourge that continues to have a devastating impact on our communities, especially here in California. More than 1 in 10 of the nation’s HIV-positive people live in California and California ranks second among the states in cumulative AIDS cases.

“With the ongoing budget crisis and last year’s horrific cuts to HIV-prevention funding, the money raised through AIDS/LifeCycle is more important than ever,” said Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.  “It’s important for people to realize that the HIV pandemic isn’t over and that there are still many in our community in need of quality medical care. The HIV services supported by AIDS/LifeCycle save lives year-round.”

Participants range in age from 18 to 82 and are at various levels of physical fitness. Whether gay or straight, HIV-positive or HIV-negative, they share a common commitment to ending HIV and caring for those living with the virus. So much so that each cyclist raises at least $3,000 (most raise more than $4,000) to participate in what many consider to be a life-changing experience. Since its inception in 2002, AIDS/LifeCycle has raised more than $60 million to fight AIDS.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Senator Leland Yee Wants a Clean Needle Program to Prevent Spread of HIV, Hep C

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Our Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D. is today calling for support for his Clean Needle Bill, SB 1029. It would permit all California pharmacists to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to drug users aged 18 and over. Why? To prevent the spread of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases that live in used syringes.

All the deets of today’s presser with Mark Cloutier, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Barry Zevin, MD, a San Francisco primary care and HIV clinician, below.

Senator Yee, PhD:

Yee Introduces Clean Needle Bill. Legislation would allow pharmacies to sell sterile syringes to prevent spread of HIV & Hepatitis C
 
Today, State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) was joined by doctors, pharmacists, and AIDS prevention advocates to introduce legislation that would allow pharmacies throughout California the discretion to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to an adult without a prescription
 
California is one of only three states that still prohibit pharmacists from selling a syringe without a prescription.  Most states amended their laws in light of evidence that criminalized access to sterile syringes led drug users to share used ones, and that sharing syringes spread HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases that can live in a used syringe.
 
This is an effective public health measure which is proven to reduce health care costs to taxpayers,” said Yee.  “It’s a moral, as well as fiscal imperative.”
 
“Access to sterile syringes is a vital component of a comprehensive strategy to combat HIV and hepatitis,” said Yee.  “This approach has been evaluated extensively throughout the world and has been found to significantly reduce rates of HIV and hepatitis without contributing to any increase in drug use, drug injection, crime or unsafe discard of syringes.”
 
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) signed legislation in 2004 to create a five-year pilot to evaluate the safety and efficacy of allowing adults to purchase and possess a limited number of syringes for personal use.  Under the pilot program pharmacies in Los Angeles County, the Bay Area and some other parts of the state have been allowed to sell syringes.
 
Yee’s SB 1029 would remove the sunset and allow all pharmacists throughout the state with the discretion to sell sterile syringes without a prescription.
 
Sharing of used syringes is the most common cause of new hepatitis C infections in California and the second most common cause of HIV infections.  The state Department of Public Health estimates that approximately 3,000 California residents contract hepatitis C through syringe sharing every year and another 750 cases of HIV are caused by syringe sharing.
 
These diseases are costly and potentially deadly. Hospitalizations for hepatitis B and hepatitis C cost the state $2 billion in 2007, according to a report by the California Research Bureau.  The lifetime cost of treating hepatitis C is approximately $100,000, unless a liver transplant is required, and then the cost exceeds $300,000 per surgery.  The lifetime cost of treating HIV/AIDS is now estimated to exceed $600,000 per patient.
 
By comparison, a syringe costs about ten to fifteen cents retail.  The bill requires no appropriation of state funds, because it allows adults to buy syringes at their own expense.
 
Among health policy researchers speaking in favor of SB 1029, Alex Kral, an epidemiologist who has supervised several studies of HIV prevention said, “In light of over 200 studies worldwide that establish improved syringe access means less disease with no downside, to continue a policy of making syringe sales illegal would amount to health policy malpractice.”
 
The 200 studies Kral referred to were reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008.  WHO concluded that the overwhelming scientific consensus showed improved syringe access reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis without contributing to drug use, crime or unsafe discard of syringes. 
 
“There is not one credible study from anywhere in the world that refutes these findings,” Kral said.
 
Among the numerous studies cited was one published in the American Journal of Public Health from 2001 that compared US cities that allowed pharmacists to sell syringes to adults without a prescription and those that did not.  The study found that the rate of HIV among drug injectors was twice as high in cities that forbid sale without a prescription than those cities that allowed pharmacists greater flexibility to provide syringes.
 
“This approach has been overwhelmingly supported by the health professions,” said Yee. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature, the Governor and the California Department of Public Health to craft the most efficient and cost-effective means of saving lives and public dollars by preventing HIV and hepatitis C.”
 
SB 1029 will be considered in committee in March.

San Francisco Goes Red for World AIDS Day

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

December 1st was World AIDS Day, so San Francisco landmarks were painted with red light last night.

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Check the photos.

7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer a Huge Success

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

More than 2700 walkers raised more than $6 million this weekend in the 7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Sign up by tonight for the 2010 walk and save $20 off the registration fee.

Here’s a team in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

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And here’s the finish line at Speedway Meadow, the place where the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire won’t happen this year. Check the photos.

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Each walker raised at least $1800 in donations from friends. If they didn’t come up with all the dough, then they committed to pay the remainder from their own credit cards. Thusly:

“If you have not yet met your donation minimum you may choose the deferred commitment option to guarantee the minimum donation amount.  A deferred commitment is your promise to fundraise for two months after the event in order to meet your minimum of $1,800.”

(That’s a lot of commitment.)

Speaking of which, check out the Yelp ratings – five stars each from the eleven committed alpha females of course, but only three stars from the sole dude, who points out a little history of the event involving Dan Pallotta and Pallotta Teamworks:

“Litigation lasted until 2005, w/ Avon being awarded $19,525,639.00 of it’s $20 million counterclaim. The court determined that Pollatta had lost money running some of the AIDS Rides & used the profitable Breast Cancer Walk money to pay for losses. A few days after the news the company abruptly laid off its entire staff nationwide & closed the doors.”

Hmmm. Rumors, accusations, and finger-pointing abounded when people found out how much of the money raised was being used to pay Pallotta Teamworks for organizing events all over the country. Of course, Mr. Pallotta defended his thesis about how ya gotta spend money to make money, or something like that. Regardless, there was a backlash against Pallotta and his Lexus and his large HQ, and so, Pallotta Teamworks ain’t putting on the show no mo. Anyway…

Congratulations to all the walkers! See you next year!

More deets after the jump. 

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