San Francisco Begins Work on New HIV/AIDS Strategy
San Francisco groups on Thursday began a series of discussions intended to result in a new strategic plan for HIV/AIDS services in the city for the next 10 years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Officials from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and nearly 50 HIV/AIDS organizations were expected to participate in the effort, dubbed the San Francisco HIV Health Planning Work Group. The Board of Supervisors has provided a $100,000 grant to the initiative.
A final plan is expected to be written in December.
San Francisco leaders feel particularly pressed to rework the city's approach to providing HIV/AIDS care in light of efforts to modify funding formulas for federal HIV/AIDS grants, a proposition that would cut funds for San Francisco and other Bay Area counties (Russell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/26).