Strut is a new approach to health and wellness from San Francisco AIDS Foundation. We’re creating a place where gay, bi and trans men can find skilled staff and the kind of support we all need for life’s challenges. We welcome all members of the community to #SeeYourselfHere on Instagram to display your image on this page. Come back for more details about when we’ll be opening at 470 Castro Street, San Francisco this fall.

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470 Castro

We are changing the way the community responds to HIV/AIDS. Strut, opening this fall at 470 Castro Street, is a revolutionary approach to HIV prevention and care that engages a holistic network of free services including sexual health services, substance health harm reduction counseling and community engagement activities that help gay, bi and trans men combat social isolation and depression.

Despite incredible progress, there are 16,000 people in San Francisco living with HIV/AIDS—more than half of whom now over 50 years of age. Additionally, half of all newly diagnosed people are not engaged in proper care. To ensure the health of these people, and to support the further reduction of HIV infections to the point where they become incredibly rare, we are partnering with local leaders, public health officials, and the broader community to create a new model that focuses on health and wellness instead of sickness and disease.

The project will bring together and expand the services that the community already knows through Magnet, the Stonewall Project, Positive Force, Bridgemen, the DREAAM Project and the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network.

This is the vision behind the new center—a home for health and wellness located in the neighborhood where we can reach the most gay, bi and trans men. We invite you to learn more about the project through this website and see our blog for regular project updates. It is an exciting time in the history of this battle, and together as a united community, we will make another giant leap toward winning the fight.

See you at Strut on January 4

We are opening Strut - our new center for gay, bisexual and transgender men - on January 4. The center, at 470 Castro Street, will house HIV screening, harm-reduction counseling, case management and community management services, all in one place.

When doors open, gay, bi and trans men will be able to access the HIV testing, screening and treatment for other sexually-transmitted infections and other health services of Magnet, a globally-recognized clinic that has served the Castro since 2003. Strut will also be the permanent home of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program that has helped more than 625 HIV-negative men access medication that prevent HIV infection.

Later in January, the substance use and mental health counseling services of the Stonewall Project, and the community-building, case management and support programs of Bridgemen, the DREAAM Project, the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network and Positive Force are scheduled to move into the new space.

Sign up at strutsf.org for more details.

Strut will help men take control of their health

Strut aims to support the whole person. At Strut, gay, bi and trans men will be able to access to a range of services related to their sexual health, substance use and mental health, as well as community support groups, cultural events and social activities - all in one location.

The programs and services that the community has known through Bridgemen, the DREAAM Project, the Elizabeth Taylor 50-PlusNetwork, Magnet, Positive Force, and the Stonewall Project - as well as the same staff - will all be available at Strut. Plus, we’ll be able to expand these services, and offer new ones, to serve more people.

Strut is committed to building an empowered life for all of our clients. We strive to create an inclusive, judgment-free environment that celebrates the diversity of our community. Our approach is the same one that all San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs have used in becoming respected centers for best-practice care.

We’re also committed to providing expert services and resources for personal development and health. We are dedicated to reducing HIV transmission, AIDS-related deaths, and HIV stigma in San Francisco by treating people as whole people, not as a series of risk factors. To do that, we use a three-pronged approach to wellness, using expert staff to offer sexual health, substance and mental health, and community engagement and support groups and programs.

Clients will experience fewer barriers to cross-over services. Before Strut, a guy looking for an HIV test would go to Magnet, and he might be referred to Stonewall if he wanted to meet other guys to talk about making changes to his substance use. Then, he might want to meet other guys interested in getting involved in the community, so he’d be referred to Bridgemen. But, he’d still have to find a separate resource, and a new location, and meet new staff. At Strut, that same guy will be able to find all these resources, and more, in one place. 

Introducing Strut and the Campaign for Health & Wellness

Big news today!

Today, we announced that the name of our center on Castro Street is going to be Strut. Watch our video for more about how Strut will help us build a better community.

Also, we officially entered the public phase of the Campaign for Health & Wellness, a $15 million fundraising campaign to support our programs and services at Strut. Visit the Campaign website for more information about how you can get involved!

Building a better “us”

A lot of folks have been asking us, what will be different when we open the doors of 470 Castro Street.

For the first time ever, the best, judgment-free sexual health services that the community has received through Magnet, will be available in the same space as the substance use and harm reduction counseling of the Stonewall Project, the peer support, personal resilience and education programs of Positive Force and the DREAAM Project, and the community engagement programs of Bridgemen and the 50-Plus Network. By fully integrating these San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs, we’ll be able offer something for everyone, and many things for each person, all under one roof.

We all have diverse needs that come along with the various challenges that come our way. Instead of making three or four different stops for health-related appointments in multiple places, gay & bi men will be able to go to one location, where they’ll gain access to a lot of skilled expertise, judgment-free, sex-positive health programs, and the kind of community support that makes you feel like family.

By providing a spot in the Castro where every community member can feel like the best version of themselves, we will build a better community. A better “us.”

This big new endeavor also comes with a new name—which we’ll announce in mid-September—so stay tuned!

Home stretch

We’re nearing the end of construction!

We found out today that our construction team reports that we’re on track to be finished in just weeks. After we have a better sense of when we’ll be able to move and open doors, we’ll update this page.

In the meantime, we’re still providing HIV prevention, support and care services at the usual San Francisco AIDS Foundation locations.

See Yourself Here

No doubt you’ve walked by the building and seen the collage of faces on the window fa├žade. We love the window display because it features so many members of the community. The display features photos that were submitted to us last winter—and from a few San Francisco AIDS Foundation events—and really puts a face to the new center for gay & bi men’s health & wellness.

The new center will offer people a holistic approach to wellness, taking a big step beyond HIV testing and prevention. Life’s challenges are complex—when the new center opens, gay & bi men will have a single place to go no matter what they’re looking for, including the types of services and activities that the community accessed through the 50-Plus Network, Bridgemen, the DREAAM Project, Magnet, Positive Force, and the Stonewall Project.

We hope you’ll support our effort by tagging photo of yourself on Twitter or Instagram with #seeyourselfhere.

Download images you can share on social media to show your support for the center.

Looks can be deceiving

From the outside, it sure does look like construction is finished.

On the inside, we’ve still got work to do.

Because we’ll be operating a clinic, we have to meet special standards before the State of California can issue the proper license. We’re working hard to make sure we are able to deliver top-notch sexual health services, as well as substance health harm reduction counseling and community support programs.

We’re extremely grateful to our state and local partners for helping us navigate the licensing and approval processes!

Whoops. We know it’s been a while since we’ve update our blog. Here’s the news we had hoped to share over the last few months.