December 25, 2015 at 10:00 am EST | by Staff reports
HIV services expand with new San Fran program
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SAN FRANCISCO — A new center for gay, bi and trans men called Strut, an extension of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, will open Jan. 4 at 470 Castro St., LGBT Weekly reports.

Strut will offer HIV prevention and care, the article said.

“Focusing our response to HIV on holistic health and wellness will make our community stronger,” said Neil Giuliano, San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO, to LGBT Weekly. “We are not a series of risk factors. At Strut, we’ll offer free, supportive services that help clients work toward maintaining health, regardless of HIV status. That means more HIV testing, harm reduction counseling, case management and community engagement services in a judgment-free, culturally competent atmosphere, in one spot.”

When doors open, gay, bi and trans men will be able to access the HIV testing, screening and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections and other health services of Magnet, a globally recognized clinic that has served the Castro since 2003. Strut will also be the permanent home of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program that has helped more than 625 HIV-negative men access medication that prevent HIV infection, LGBT Weekly reports.

Later in January, the substance use and mental health counseling services of the Stonewall Project, and the community-building, case management and support programs of Bridgemen, the DREAAM Project, the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network and Positive Force are scheduled to move in. The new, 14,700 square-foot, three-story building will enable the foundation to expand case management services by 25 percent, mental health counseling by 25 percent, substance use and harm reduction counseling by 50 percent, and HIV and STI screening up to 40 percent, LGBT Weekly reports.

Services offered at Strut complement those for gay, bi and trans men and trans women available at 1035 Market Street and through the mobile testing unit.

Community contributions to the Campaign for Health & Wellness raised about $12.6 million toward the $15 million project, the LGBT Weekly article notes.

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