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Our huge success!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, thousands of people filled Golden Gate Park's Sharon Meadow to support those living with HIV/AIDS, and to rally against the Senate's healthcare repeal bill. We were gratified by the turnout, which was significantly larger than last year's successful event. 

The efforts of AIDS Walk participants raised $2 million for Positive Resource CenterProject Open HandWard 86 at UCSF, and many other Bay Area AIDS service organizations. 

Together, we heeded the call to help people living with HIV; to support those in need of food, counseling, and care; and to show certain elected leaders what compassion looks like, just days or weeks before the Senate decides whether to preserve access to care for millions, or strip it away.

Fundraising walkers gained access to our brand new, fabulously fierce Post-Walk Show hosted by Carson Kressley, featuring performances by stars from RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as Estelle and Frenchie Davis.

Check out event videos and photos from the beautiful day!

We hope you were able to be with us. If you haven't already done so, we welcome donations in support of our important mission. 

With gratitude,

AIDS Walk San Francisco

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Worth fighting for?

Friday, May 26, 2017

In the current national climate, this year's AIDS Walk San Francisco takes on added urgency. 

Will we allow access to essential healthcare to be stripped away from millions of Americans with HIV, diabetes, heart disease, and countless other "pre-existing conditions"?

Or, will we walk, march, and take a stand for -- 

Black gay men. If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, one out of two will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime. Should they be able to have affordable health insurance?

LATINX. Only 44% of HIV-positive Latinx men and women are receiving the life-sustaining medications necessary to keep the virus at bay. Should our country's healthcare policies be designed to drive that number up or down?

Young people. More than half of those living with HIV under age 24 are unaware of their status. Should they be able to afford routine check-ups?

We know you're with us. 

We now call on you to respond, resist, and reach out to friends and family to join us on Sunday, July 16, as we demonstrate that in the Bay Area, we take care everyone who needs our help, regardless of HIV or immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

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Our Pre-Existing Condition Won't Be Denied

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our pre-existing condition – heroic.

She was a key architect of the Ryan White CARE Act, a monumental legislative achievement (Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Henry Waxman) that forever changed the course of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

He imagined and then led the community in creating the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest and most powerful tribute to those who have died of AIDS.

She utilized music, pop culture, and superstardom to bring national and worldwide attention to AIDS when it was so urgently needed.

Pat Christen. Cleve Jones. Madonna. Three iconic figures whose names are embedded in this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco artwork; three courageous leaders, among many, on whose shoulders we stand.

Who are your heroes? This year’s campaign invites you to ask yourself that question.

More importantly, what actions would your heroes have you take today – at this moment in the struggle for healthcare and social justice; at this troubling time of uncertainty in our nation?

We call on you to reflect – then respond, resist, and reach out to friends and family to support your fundraising efforts. 

Thank you for you commitment to march with us on Sunday, July 16, as we honor our heroes and make clear that in the San Francisco Bay Area, we march forward - we don’t get pushed back.

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Share your AIDS Walk memories

Friday, April 28, 2017

AIDS Walk San Francisco participants like you have made countless memories at events over the years – captured in photos like those below – of unity, friendship, and love, while raising urgently needed funds to support people living with HIV/AIDS.
On Sunday, July 16, we will again come together, with renewed determination in these troubling times, to walk as part of a vibrant community – diverse, colorful, and united by our shared compassion. Our efforts will provide food, housing, care, and so much more to people in need, regardless of HIV or immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. 


Will you dedicate a fundraising post to AIDS Walk San Francisco today? Share your favorite AIDS Walk memories on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook along with a link to your personal fundraising web page —great for a #TBT, a #FlashbackFriday, or any day of the week! Be sure to use #aidswalksf. Including these photos in your fundraising emails is another effective way to enhance and personalize your outreach.

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What we're made of

Friday, April 28, 2017

Our heroes; the communities we fight for; the qualities we possess; and where we come from. Those elements are literally what this year’s AIDS Walk poster is made of. This hand-drawn artwork showcases our strength, our diversity, and the attributes that help us persevere.

When we first came together as AIDS Walk San Francisco in 1987, our mission was to overcome both a public health emergency and the bigotry that fueled it.

In recent weeks, the new administration has called for policy changes and budget cuts that would likely drive up new infection rates, while at the same time fanning the flames of fear, stigma, and discrimination.

Now, it is critically important that we come together as a community to proudly show what we’re made of as we rally to preserve the progress we have made and fight for those of us who are most threatened.

Respond! Resist! Reach out! If you reach out to your networks to ask for their support, we will give rise to the change that is needed today.

We forward to seeing you at what will be the most important AIDS Walk in many years.

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Response. Resistance. Readiness.

Monday, April 17, 2017

In these difficult times, isn’t it gratifying to know the difference that you and AIDS Walk San Francisco make in the lives of people living with HIV, who are among those most threatened by the new administration’s policies?
Thanks to our efforts, the doors of Project Open Hand , Positive Resource Center , Ward 86 at Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital, remain open for all who need it.  
AIDS Walk San Francisco is dedicated to protecting people in our community who are most vulnerable.  We need your help raising vital funds to fulfill that mission, ensuring that we continue to be:
  • Here for those who have difficulties acquiring medications, healthcare, or a nutritious meal.
  • Ready to help people facing homelessness find safe and stable housing. We believe housing equals healthcare, and we refuse to let HIV infection drive people into homelessness. 
  • Dedicated to serving everyone, regardless of HIV or immigration status, sexual orientation, gender, or religion.

Respond to the threat of repression and inequality. Resist attacks on our public health and liberty. Reach out to your network of donors today.

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Lead your friends from words into action

Monday, April 10, 2017

These days, news of attacks on public health, liberty, and equality are piling up at a startling pace. By joining AIDS Walk San Francisco, you are responding to the call to resist such assaults.
You probably have people around you – friends, family, and co-workers – who are also looking for ways to fight back, but aren’t sure what to do. Help lead them from words into action.
Ask your friends and loved ones today: “Will you be on my team for AIDS Walk San Francisco?”
The more that join us, the more powerful our collective voice will be, as we declare in the face of these threats: “Not in the Bay Area. Not on our watch.”
Our efforts will also provide affordable cutting-edge care to long term survivors of HIV/AIDS
, feed people struggling with the dual epidemics of HIV and hunger, serve people in need regardless of their immigration status, and beat back attempts to walk back the progress we have made.
To form a team today, simply:
  1. Choose a team name.
  2. Call or email our Fundraising Department to officially establish your new team.
  3. Set up your team fundraising web page, then invite friends, family, and coworkers to join.
You may also join an existing team by emailing or by calling 415.615.9255 (WALK).

We will see you on Sunday, July 16 for the Bay Area’s largest rally to defend public health and support people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Respond, Resist, REACH OUT to serve people in need

Monday, March 20, 2017

Far too many people living with HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area are hungry or homeless. On any given day, they may be forced to choose between tending to their hunger and looking after their health.

That is why Project Open Hand has once again been designated as a lead recipient of funds from this year's AIDS Walk San Francisco. Its dedicated staff and volunteers prepare and deliver 1,000 meals and bags of groceries every day for people living with HIV who need our support – including seniors, immigrants, people of color, and the homeless.

Recent actions of the new administration have made this an especially hazardous time for the most vulnerable people in our community.
  The newly proposed healthcare plan would dramatically increase the financial burden on sick and low-income people seeking coverage, and cause millions to lose their health insurance.

Harsh new immigration policies are dividing families, and making many undocumented people afraid to access services they need and deserve.

The proposed federal budget seeks to cut vital anti-poverty programs like Meals on Wheels, affordable housing, and job training for low-income people, in favor of greater spending on the military and a border wall.

To counter this chilling environment, we are determined to ensure that low-income people living with HIV/AIDS can access meals and avoid grave risks to their health.

Respond to the threat of rollbacks in lifesaving services for our community. Resist attacks on public health, liberty, and equality. Reach out to family and friends to join your team and help achieve your fundraising goal!


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Respond, Resist, ASSIST HIV+ People In Need!

Friday, March 10, 2017

The best, brightest, and most compassionate advocates are needed to help HIV+ people navigate the complex system of benefits that so many rely on to stay healthy. This is especially true if English is not their first language, or if they are unable to manage all the red tape and fine print on their own.

That is exactly what Positive Resource Center (PRC) offers – funded by your efforts in this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco, along with Ward 86Project Open Hand, and a broad array of other Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations.

The new administration is seeking deep cuts in federal programs, and Congress just served up a potentially disastrous plan to replace the Affordable Care Act that favors tax cuts for the rich over affordable insurance for those facing poverty.
In the face of these broad and disruptive changes, PRC stands ready to support the most disadvantaged people affected by HIV/AIDS. Its team of caring experts provides legal assistance in accessing vital benefits, emergency financial aidhousing support, and other resources to those who most need our help in this troubling environment.

Respond to the threats. Resist attacks on public health. Reach out to family, friends and coworkers to support your fundraising goal!

Everyone deserves an advocate and an opportunity, no matter their gender, color, or country of origin.

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Respond. Resist. DEFEND HIV Care!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Thanks to your participation in last year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco, a cutting-edge, comprehensive care clinic for long-term survivors of HIV has just been launched at  UCSF’s Ward 86 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

At a time when older and low-income HIV-positive Americans face the grim prospect of losing their healthcare, “Golden Compass” offers a host of world-class medical services for this growing population in need, including cardiac care, bone health, linkage to vision, hearing and dental services, and more. (See Chronicle headline story from February 2 on AIDS Walk-funded clinic .)
In addition to helping people in the Bay Area, Golden Compass is once again leading the way as a groundbreaking model of care worldwide — much as Ward 86 blazed the trail for AIDS treatment in the early years of the epidemic.


Golden Compass leaders are grateful for AIDS Walk San Francisco’s funding of this important new initiative.
Help ensure its launch is completed in 2017!

We are proud to announce that  AIDS Walk funds you raise this year will help complete the important work of this launch  to provide older people who are HIV-positive with this one-stop, world-class clinic.
Your support will also benefit  Project Open Hand Positive Resource Center , and a broad array of other vital HIV/AIDS organizations in all seven Bay Area Counties.


As we face the dismantling and disruption of affordable care nationwide, you are helping our community move forward – not just  resisting  the diminishment of healthcare, but improving and revitalizing  it for people in need.

Register  to join us on Sunday, July 16. Take a stand  against  rollbacks in lifesaving advancements, and  for  the health of our community.

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Respond. Resist. Register.

Friday, March 3, 2017

These are perilous times for caring communities.
The truth of “we are all in this together“ seems drowned out by “every man for himself “; old lies are dressed up as new facts, and old tricks used anew in the latest drive to separate some from all.  
Recent actions of the new administration have made this an especially hazardous time for people living with HIV/AIDS.
In response, our message must be clear, and our clear actions must follow: Not in the Bay Area. Not on our watch.

As federal safety nets are disrupted or frayed, the funds we raise at AIDS Walk San Francisco will provide cutting-edge care to the uninsuredfeed people struggling with the dual epidemics of HIV and hunger, serve people in need regardless of their immigration status, and beat back attempts to walk back the progress we have made.

Respond to these threats. Resist attacks on our public health, liberty, and equality. Register to join us on Sunday, July 16. Take a stand against rollbacks in lifesaving advancements, and for our community.

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QUEST TO STOP AIDS Photo Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All registered walkers are eligible to participate. Participants will be entered in a raffle for amazing prizes, including baseball tickets, spa certificates, restaurant gift cards and more!

1. Take a photo based on themes listed below
2. Share through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram
3. Tag your photos:
On Facebook: @Quest Diagnostics and @AIDS Walk San Francisco
On Twitter: @QuestDX and @aidswalksf
On Instagram: #QuestDiagnostics and @aidswalksf
Hashtag #ourQuest in your photo post
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each photo
6. After your scavenger hunt is completed, come by the Quest booth to show your photos in exchange for a raffle ticket

1. INCREASE AWARENESS - Are you ready to walk? Show us your pre-walk warm up as you get ready to participate in the AIDS Walk SF.
2. SUPPORT - Together we will make a difference. Take a picture with someone who is helping make this event possible.
3. PREVENTION - We are on a Quest to STOP AIDS. Take a photo with a STOP sign along the route.
4. STRENGTH - Getting tested makes us stronger. Flex your muscles along the route in support of saying “yes” to this important test.
5. COMMUNITY - Why do you walk? Take a photo with your dedication at the Quest booth (Checkpoint 4) and see the supportive community around you.

BONUS: Reshare Project Inform’s Periscope of the AIDS Walk SF for
an extra raffle ticket. Go to Project Inform’s Twitter, @ProjectInform


Star Walker Week is here!
Monday, June 22, 2015

Star Walker™ Week begins today, and that means plenty of chances for YOU to win some amazing prizes! Star Walkers make up a huge part of the success of AIDS Walk San Francisco. In 2014, this mighty group raised more than $850,000 to support Project Inform's work to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
Not yet registered as a Star Walker? Update your goal to $1,000 and join the Star Walkers Club today!

We are so grateful for all that you do – keep up the good work! This week, let these star-powered incentives encourage you to keep on shining:
Every $100 you raise between today, June 22 and Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. awards you one entry to win two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet!
The Star Walker who receives the most donations between today, June 22 and Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. will win two tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon!

Raising Funds through Raising Awareness: AIDS Walk Movie Night Essentials
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Dallas Buyers Club
Our first submission for your consideration is this 2013 biopic starring Matthew McConaghey. The story is a dramatic and creative retelling of Ron Woodruff’s life. This Texas electrician and rodeo junkie is diagnosed with AIDS with just about 30 days left to live. Woodruff starts a wild campaign against the disease that leads him to come face-to-face with the challenges and discrimination that many people burdened with AIDS faced through the middle to late 80’s. Though some elements have been fictionalized for the sake of streamlining the story, the film well captures the spirit of the era, and the acting by leads Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, and Matthew McConaughey is uniformly brilliant.

How to Survive a Plague
Next is a well renowned documentary covering the 80’s AIDS epidemic, with a focus on governmental and medical inaction and the grass-roots rise of AIDS activism following ACT UP. Great footage and interviews showcase the rise to political power and the perils that come with that power. The film even contains practical tips on team building from some of the greats of the ACT UP activist movement in addition to overall fantastic story telling. Viewers should be warned that this powerful film contains sensitive and at times difficult subject matter not suitable for everyone.

We Were Here
Finally, we’d suggest getting a great local look at how this issue affected people here in the Bay Area, with David Weissman’s documentary about San Franciscans confroting the burgeoning AIDS epidemic. The film follows five individuals who lived in San Francisco prior to the AIDS crisis, and how their lives were changed in unimaginable ways thereafter.  Stunning archival imagery showcases historic San Francisco, and gives us an inside look at how its residents developed an original and widely embraced model of humane, compassionate, and creative care for AIDS victims. Once again, the film does not shy away from the many true horrors of the disease and the stigma people faced during the crisis, and thus may not appeal to all audiences.

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