HIV Primary Care Clinic
Established in 1983 as one of the first dedicated HIV clinics in the country, the HIV Clinic of the UCSF HIV/AIDS Division is located at Ward 86 on the main campus of San Francisco General Hospital. Currently providing care for nearly 3,000 HIV-infected individuals in San Francisco, we offer a comprehensive array of medical services, including:
- Primary medical care
- HIV specialty care
- Drop-in medical services
- Hepatitis C evaluation and treatment
- HIV Chest Clinic for pulmonary diseases
- HIV Dermatology Clinic for skin conditions
- Anal dysplasia services
- Psychiatry and mental health services
- Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
- Clinical pharmacy services, including medication evaluation and adherence support and smoking cessation services
- Nursing care coordination and case management
- HIV linkage to care
- Specialized services for African-Americans, women, adolescents and Latinos living with HIV
We have an HIV-specialized electronic medical record, called HERO that has been in use since April 2000. Part of HERO includes a patient portal, called myHERO, which allows patients to have secure internet-based access to their own medical records and health-related information.
In January 2010, we became the first clinic to recommend Universal Antiretroviral Treatment, regardless of CD4 count. Our clinic policy states, “All patients, regardless of CD4 count, will be evaluated for initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART)” and that “…all patients should be offered ART unless there is a reason to defer therapy.” A copy of this policy and FAQ sheet can be downloaded here. Currently, over 90% of all of our patients are prescribed ART and over 80% of those on ART have an undetectable HIV viral load.
In addition, we have formal HIV monitoring guidelines that provide recommendations on routine laboratory monitoring for HIV related issues.
The HIV/AIDS Division has created patient videos “Welcome to Ward 86” and “Fitting HIV Into Your Life.”
We are a proud partner of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Funding for our work comes from the City and County of San Francisco and the Ryan White Care Act with additional programmatic support from the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and private donations.