Our 35th year of service to the community was one filled with highs and lows, both literally and figuratively.
San Francisco Department of Public Health reported that the number of San Franciscans living with HIV who were virally suppressed was higher than the national average (68% compared to 49%), and that there was an all-time low in the number of new HIV diagnoses (223 – a 16% decrease over the previous year). These data further demonstrate that getting to zero is possible, and underscore that we must continue to focus on those who are disproportionately affected by HIV.
In 2017, we saw a significant increase in the number of clients we serve and an expansion in our scope of work. On account of a second successful year of operations at Strut, improved data systems, the expansion of services and hours at the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center, and increased community outreach, we can now say that we provide care to 25,000 clients per year.
Our medical care now includes hepatitis C treatment and anal health care. Our integrated longstanding programs continue to meet the complex needs of our clients, and deeper collaborations with partners in San Francisco and Alameda counties are meeting growing needs in the region.
Constant attacks on our communities and movement did not hinder our progress. Our recently-expanded policy team led the resistance to seemingly daily federal threats, protecting federal funding and the Affordable Care Act.
As challenging as the political environment was this year, we seized the opportunity to increase our engagement with socially minded individuals and institutions. In 2017, we developed, expanded and started relationships with funders, engaged a record number of volunteers in our work, and sparked dialogue through our media efforts.
This annual report tells the story of our 2017 by sharing programmatic, resource development and administrative accomplishments. Most importantly, this report illustrates that without each individual donor, partner, volunteer, and participant, none of this would have been possible.
We hope our work continues to inspire you to stay engaged in our life-saving work as we continue to pursue the end of new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths, and HIV stigma.
Joe Hollendoner, CEO
Mary Cha-Caswell, Chair, Board of Directors