We believe ending the HIV epidemic and restoring our world to AIDS-free status is achievable. We commit to pursuing this vision with initiatives to prevent new HIV infections, identify acutely infected individuals and link them to care, develop a cure for HIV and deliver it to as many as possible, and to preserve maximum good health for all those in whom infection cannot be cured.
Our strategies integrate clinical care, research, education, international programs, health information technology, administration and public advocacy. On the clinical front, we will increase testing and linkage to care efforts, as well as improve engagement of patients who currently do not adequately adhere to care regimens. We will adapt and refine our care and treatment strategies for chronic disease management, as medical successes have created a welcome cohort of patients who have been living with HIV for twenty years or more. Cohesion of purpose and principle, born from the contributions of a wide cross-section of professionals, make the clinical plan both a road map and lightning rod for progress.
We are decisively focused on eradicating HIV and AIDS. We will research strategies for novel and widespread HIV treatment; investigate how to optimally treat HIV co-infections such as tuberculosis, malaria and hepatitis; and enhance understanding of how HIV affects aging patients. Our program has always attracted some of the brightest young minds in HIV, and we will need to nurture these individuals through sustained mentoring and resource support in order to succeed in addressing the incredibly challenging set of questions on our research agenda. Critical to our success will be the funding of new research programs in HIV Eradication and an International Center of Excellence in HIV, TB and malaria.
In education, we commit to rapid knowledge transfer and training of fellow providers and future generations of HIV clinicians so that evolving scientific and clinical algorithms are rapidly disseminated. We will champion better understanding of HIV by communities and patients through concerted efforts ranging from direct patient education to partnerships with community organizations.
We will establish an HIV/AIDS living museum – to our knowledge the first of its kind in the world. The story of HIV is inextricably linked to the history of San Francisco, and we can think of no better way to foster global educational outreach at the individual, civic and international levels than by creating a dynamic community academy, accessible to all through an interactive website, with a secretariat, museum and learning center housed in San Francisco.
Our international programs promote life-saving universal access to ARTs and care by addressing critical staffing shortages in healthcare. We will expand mentoring of clinician trainers, local capacity building, and enhance analysis of efforts to innovate and refine effective methods in resource-limited settings. We will facilitate our international colleagues’ firsthand observation of the structure and flow of our renowned care system through intensive training sessions at SFGH.
Our health information technology experts resolve to making electronic medical record access and literacy more commonplace among HIV-patients in San Francisco’s public health system, as well as measure and document how the use of integrated health information technologies affect the overall quality of care for patients. We dedicate ourselves to a customer-oriented administrative approach through recruiting, sustaining and mentoring professional talent; providing timely and accurate financial reporting, technological support, and other resources need to accomplish our vision; and refining systems through regular surveys and quality assurance evaluations.
All faculty and staff will be active catalysts for constructive cultural and legal change by advocating for the broad expansion of HIV testing and linkage to care, universal access to antiretroviral medicine, and combating stigma, discrimination and violence against people living with HIV/AIDS. The more we facilitate acceptance and support progress in these areas, the more quickly will the medical advancements we envision benefit all society.
To view the HIV/AIDS Division strategic plan, click here.