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The Positive Health Access to Services and Treatment (PHAST) team is a rapid response team that has championed HIV testing and linkage to care across the SFGH campus since 2002.

Our mission is to meet the goals of the US National AIDS Strategy and CDC HIV Testing Guidelines by:

The PHAST team consists of a part.time registered nurse, part.time nurse practitioner and full.time social work associate. This team supports over 500 patients at risk for poor linkage to care and who are primarily persons of color with high rates of homelessness, mental illness and active substance use. The average age of participants in PHAST is 39 and 11% are under the age of 25. At entry into the PHAST program, 21% of patients are taking ART. Within one year of participation in PHAST, 71% of patients are taking ART and 52% have undetectable HIV viral load. The lost.to.follow.up rate for PHAST patients is <10%.

Key components of the PHAST model include:

For more information, contact Diane Jones, RN at djones@php.ucsf.edu