There were just 197 new HIV infection cases reported in San Francisco in 2018, according to the city health department's 2018 HIV Epidemiology Annual Report. That's a 13% drop from 2017 and half the number 10 years ago (434 in 2008). Most people with HIV in San Francisco reportedly know their HIV status (94%), most are linked to care within one month of diagnosis (91%), and overall viral suppression is 74%. However, only 33% of homeless San Franciscans with HIV are virally suppressed. Twenty percent of new HIV infections in the city are homeless individuals.
The city's September 10 press release on the latest data talks about various initiatives to address this and other HIV disparities in the city. For example, the POP-UP clinic at San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86 (one of the nation's first HIV/AIDS clinics). This is providing new services to homeless and unstably housed persons with HIV. The POP-UP clinic started in 2019 and is open weekday afternoons. Appointments are not needed. Read more and see our Housing & Homelessness topic page for HRSA-developed technical assistance and training resources.