HIV/AIDS Information


The Academy of Friends raises funds primarily to assist individuals affected by HIV/AIDS of all backgrounds who reside in the Bay Area. Special attention is focused on the most socioeconomically-challenged in our community. Among the many major challenges still facing the Bay Area that you can help AOF address with your support are:


  • Government funding cuts for chronic HIV disease management, care, and related social services – especially significant given the high rate of treatment failure and an aging population

  • High rate of continuing HIV infection among younger gay men of all socioeconomic backgrounds – but especially among the homeless and marginally housed, many of whom have been rejected by their families

  • High rate of continuing HIV infection among communities of color

  • Waiting lists at centers dealing with substance use – especially those dealing with crystal meth, an increasingly pervasive factor in new HIV infections

  • Waiting lists at the few remaining hospices serving those with (and sensitive to!) late stage AIDS patients

Considering HIV/AIDS trends, AOF seeks to provide critical support to sustain the Bay Area’s most effective prevention, care, and services organizations. With your help, AOF is also forging an increasingly important role in helping our community and its leading HIV/AIDS organizations anticipate the challenges and manage the impact of this ever evolving disease, one that can still be fatal.

Relevant HIV/AIDS knowledge is motivational. It reminds us why we’re working so hard, and digging so deep, the sooner we together will make these sobering statistics history. The bottom line? Maybe the HIV/AIDS information presented here will help you understand that there are more people are affected than you think, or more people need help than you think, but we’re sure that you’ll realize – there’s more we can do than you think!

Select HIV/AIDS Facts Impacting the Bay Area and Beyond

  • Over 25% of all Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapies (a.k.a., HAART, “combination therapy” or “The Cocktail”) FAIL to prevent a permanent reduction in viral load

  • The state of California is ranked second in the nation in cumulative AIDS cases, surpassed only by New York

  • San Francisco cut another 31% federal funding for HIV/AIDS services during the 2008 Ryan White Care Act reauthorization; The California State Office of AIDS cut $11 million in 2008 – $7 million of from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

  • 78% of HIV infections in San Francisco in 2007, about 1,000 new cases annually, were among gay men between the ages of 25-49; total number of people living with AIDS and chronic HIV infection in the area is over 28,000

  • Outside San Francisco, 50% of those newly HIV infected are under the age of 25

  • The number of women living with HIV has tripled since 1990

  • Over 200 San Franciscans die of HIV/AIDS related causes each year, yet the few remaining HIV/AIDS focused hospices have the space to serve less than 100 residents annually

  • As of 2007, 15% of all new HIV/AIDS cases in San Francisco are among African Americans who only 7% of the city’s population; 20% of new cases are among Latinos who are about 14% of the population

  • Homelessness increases the risk of death from HIV related complications by more than 20%

  • Worldwide: 33 million now live with AIDS, over 1 million are newly infected each year, nearly 6,000 die annually leaving a total current orphan population of 15 million with one HIV infected child dying every minute

  • Nationwide: over 525,000 have succumbed to AIDS, nearly 1.5 million still live with the disease, about 40,000 new infections are registered annually, and at least 25% of Americans are estimated to be HIV infected but not yet tested

Information Sources: UCSF AIDS Research Institute, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, US Census Bureau, Project Inform, SFDPH/AIDS Office, Maitri, Hospices by the Bay, Zen Hospice, New Leaf Services, Stonewall, Centers for Disease Control, YouthAIDS/Population Services International

Find more information:

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
Project Inform