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Karishma recently left the Bay Area, her lifetime home, moving to DC with her partner. Karishma joined HIVE in 2015 after having already rocked it at San Francisco General Hospital since 2013. Karishma was not only the enthusiastic get-it-done-right, she-can-do-all-things-programmatic hub of HIVE activity, she was also a constant soulful and kind presence. She helped us stay organized, efficient, and connected with our hearts. Karishma is about doing right by the people and communities we serve and, as the only full-time staff member of HIVE, was the leadership love glue that kept us all together and aligned with our core values.
It is nearly impossible to describe Shannon with mere words. But we will try! Shannon is a creative, social engineer -- bringing love, transformation, strategy, and creating-a-new-box thinking-and-doing to a multitude of societal needs. Shannon is a true inspiration...
In October, estimated GFR (eGFR) reporting was modified by the laboratory at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Whereas previously eGFR was reported as two separate values i.e. “if African American” or “if non African American,” these two values are now reported as a range with the clinical note: “Patients with more muscle mass and better nutritional status are more likely to be on the higher end of this range.” This change was made in an effort to reduce medical errors and improve health equity at our hospital and affiliated clinics.
In September 2018, HIVE began a partnership with the National Library of Medicine aimed at improving online access to evidence-based, inclusive sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV and the providers who care for them.
Hello extended HIVE family.
It is time.
In May 2019, I am transitioning away from my role as Director of HIVE.
On January 25th, 2019, STEP-UP (SFGH Training and Education Programs for Underserved Populations) & HIVE: a hub of positive reproductive & sexual health collaborated to host Grand Rounds with Dr. Shawn Ginwright.
On July 15, 2018, nine members of Team HIVE and our family and friends gathered on Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park to walk the 10k of AIDS Walk SF.
On May 11, 2018, UC San Francisco (UCSF) awarded HIVE’S Director, Shannon Weber, with the 2018 Chancellor Award for Public Service. The award honors members of the University who have performed outstanding service to the community and those who have gone above and beyond in their work to improve UCSF. Shannon was the staff recipient, along with the faculty recipient Valerie Yerger and student recipient Kristin Cosner.
Together with the Bay Area and North Coast AIDS Education and Training Centers (BANC AETC), HIVE hosted a provider training on HIV and safer conception.
On February 15, 2018, HIVE’s Caroline Watson was honored with the Heroes and Hearts Award, along with Karen Aguilar of Gender Health SF.
Over the past few months, San Francisco based organizations HIVE (formerly BAPAC) and getSFcba, partnered with the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) to help fill a gap – the slow uptake of PrEP among cis women in the United States.
GlobalSHARE (Global Community for Sex, HIV, and Reproductive Empowerment) recently held a session at IAS 2017 in Paris, France to discuss an international consensus statement on the provision of safer conception services for men and women living with and affected by HIV.
In October 2017, Becca Schwartz, HIVE’s Clinical Social Worker was one of two UCSF Department of Medicine staff members to receive the SPIRIT of DOM Award! SPIRIT stands for Staff Professionalism, Inspiration, Responsibility, Integrity, and Teamwork. Below is HIVE’s...
Here’s the deal: One in five new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among cis women. Women of African descent make up about 64% of these new diagnoses while only accounting for 13% of the U.S. female population. Can PrEP prevent HIV among all women? Can PrEP reduce the grave racial/ethnic disparities seen in rates of HIV acquisition among Black women?
Last month, San Francisco-based Aldea Home + Baby opened its Valencia Street doors for a special Mother’s Day fundraiser. Aldea owner Johanna Bialkin collaborated with Oeuf to donate a portion of sales to HIVE.
Jay MacGillivray and Mark Yudin’s talk, “Trauma-Aware Reproductive Care for Women Living with HIV & Those at Risk” explored how prenatal care is impacted by trauma; including insecure or unsafe housing, immigration status, gender-based violence, problematic substance use, severe mental illness and exploited sex work.
HIVE was thrilled to attend WORLD and AHF’s International Women’s Day event, Rise Above HIV as a community partner on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. The event was an evening of intimate conversations and music featuring Raheem DeVaughn and Goapale.
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has been awarded a grant for $10,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will support the expansion of HIVE’s PRO Men (Positive Reproductive Outcomes for HIV+ Men) program.
At the PrEP for Women dinner we launched the curated web page with women-centric PrEP resources, a crowd-sourced effort from allies across the U.S. Palm cards promoted the web page (we have extra; reach out if you want some to share locally!) and provided opportunities to bring women into the mainstream PrEP Summit conversations. We also screened the newly released #20DaystoStart PrEP for Women video from Project Inform. The video was celebrated with thunderous applause.
On November 3, 2016 in Oakland, California, HIVE was proud to collaborate with Magic Johnson Foundation for our 2016 Positive Connections Mixer. The eventwas held in honor of the 25th anniversary of Magic Johnson’s announcement to the world that he has HIV.
In order to stay at zero perinatal HIV transmissions, front line health workers must be empowered to screen people living with and affected by HIV for sexual partners and reproductive intentions. Reproductive intentions and HIV prevention go hand in hand.
Former SFGH Foundation Board Member Amy Busch and her husband Kevin Cameron hosted a dance party fundraiser benefiting HIVE. An entire night celebrating our successes and honoring the expert, compassionate care provided since 1989 at HIVE clinic, while we listened to tunes from HowellDevine and took our beats to the street with silent disco. This event raised over $30,000 to close the gap in government funding supporting HIVE clinical care.
Angela McGill is a woman living with HIV. She tells her story of discovering she had HIV and going on to have an HIV-free baby with the help of BAPAC (Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center), now known as HIVE. Dr. Deb Cohan explains how it’s possible for women living with HIV to have natural births and not pass HIV on to their babies.
Participatory action research is awesome. It is grounded on the idea that lived experience is important and including community members throughout the research process is essential.
As medical professionals, public health advocates and clinical researchers, we collectively are writing to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to update the sperm donation guidelines for men who have sex with men.
In May of 2016, 26 HIVE stakeholders took the time to complete a survey to help us better understand how our stakeholders interact with our resources.
HIVE presented during the public comment portion of the recent NHAS PrEP listening session. #WheresMyPrEP
Twelve locally and nationally esteemed speakers shared their expertise in their respective fields, presenting on topics including: trauma-informed care for women; disclosure, criminalization and stigma for women living with HIV; reducing anxiety and pain during gynecological exams; and healing rituals and practices for service providers.
Short films by Asians and Pacific Islanders affected by HIV
Watch to learn about ways to mitigate stigma & provide TMSM competent care!
Dear Jim and the Chicago PrEP Working Group:
We are writing to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to the #PrEP4love Social Marketing Committee.
HIVE (the San Francisco-based hub of positive sexual and reproductive health) and the AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC) Midwest HIV Pregnancy Prevention and Planning Initiative (MHPPPI) co-created a video series about HIV-affected individuals and couples and reproductive health intentions – real life vignettes of #HIVLoveWins stories.
Update on the Science, Research & Implementation
Join us on Monday, February 29 at 5:30PM (49 Geary St. Suite 235), as we leap into love and leave love notes for those who may just need a little hint of hope on this beautiful planet.
The first “Positive Connections Mixer” was held on January 30th, 2014 in the Ward 86 HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), a huge success.
On January 23, 2016: 4:00-6:30 PM and January 24: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, the Third Annual San Francisco Surrogacy Conference and Expo will be happening at SOMArts Cultural Center
Sign up here!
Two weeks ago, HIVE had the honor of hosting Anne Statton, Executive Director of the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Foundation Prevention Initiative (PACPI), and a true #SuperShero in the field of perinatal HIV.
Clinica Esperanza’s World AIDS Day Mask Showcase invitation
The second National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV (WLHIV) was an amazing success.
Learn from people living with HIV and providers about having meaningful discussions with patients, applying reproductive justice frameworks, and using non-stigmatizing language.
Since 2004, The Sankofa Center has toured hundreds of villages in Ghana educating 50,000 community members & 35,000 students about HIV through dance-stories while providing free rapid HIV testing to over 4,000.
Learn about the roles of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), TasP (Treatment as Prevention), male and female condoms, and more.
The two women who came to Queer Nation in the early 1990s, like me, were young queers. Unlike me, their families had sent them to therapists who believed they could cure these women of their queerness.
A real love letter is your truth put to paper in the most loving and compassionate way possible.
A Place at the Table: WATCH! is an eight-week webinar series that offers women living with HIV* capacity building and training on HIV disease and treatment advocacy.
The FDA needs to hear what the people want and need when it comes to safer sex options!
It was empowering and inspiring to hear about all the advocacy efforts going on to support women’s reproductive health, family building options and HIV prevention.
Jason Tafoya gave a very powerful speech about his son, who is currently serving time in prison for having sex with someone while living with HIV.
Poppy is a pioneer, boldly sharing her story of searching for a way to have a baby with her husband, who is living with HIV.
HIVE was presented with $25,000 from Macy’s for the PRO Men project. I was very happy to be the person to accept the giant check for HIVE, because the PRO Men project is so close to my heart.
While I was in Vancouver, for the International AIDS Conference 2015, I attended a series of tours of safer injection facilities…
“Achieving Pregnancy While Minimizing HIV Transmission Risks.”
The U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group presented a wonderful webinar on the topic of “Transgender Women and PrEP: What’s the Latest?”
The new National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U. S.: Updated to 2020 was released! Read it here!
It was a broiling hot day, unheard of in AIDS Walk history (usually it’s foggy or raining). We set out around 10:30am, with babies in strollers and dogs on leashes.
For many women living with HIV, learning about the recommendation against breastfeeding is a challenging part of adjusting to her HIV diagnosis and/or her pregnancy.
After the three-day meeting, Mary Jo Hoyt, MSN, Principle Investigator at FXB Center, sent a letter to the Office of National AIDS Policy detailing the groups’ recommendations on revisions and updates to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Check out the photos and accompanying thoughts of the PhotoVoice participants.
I decided to create a unique arts and advocacy project to give patients a safe space to share their experiences and together make their voices heard to fight stigma…
I thanked them and spoke a little about how I’m going to school to be a social worker and about being the HIVE Intern and how much I love this work.
I had a profound appreciation for the work we’ve done in the U.S. during the last four years to assure that cis women, and now trans women, are included in the HIV prevention conversation and “expanded HIV prevention toolkit” discussion.
A major theme for the day was the demand for more services and information for women of color and transgender women.
The Gender and Sexuality Awareness club at Lick Wilmerding High School planned this vigil in order to raise public awareness about the epidemic of the murdering of transgender people
Gina Brown of Positive Women’s Network New Orleans shares her story of HIV disclosure with Shannon Weber of HIVE.
Linda Scruggs, of Women's Consulting Group of Women Diagnosed with AIDS, talks with HIVE's Shannon Weber about her disclosure journey, how she was able to heal, and how that lead to her feel comfortable disclosing. Watch "Linda Scruggs Shares Her Story of Disclosure":...
We were there to celebrate trans and non-trans women working together as allies, to build community, & to honor those who have passed.
This time last year, I never would have thought that participating in San Francisco’s AIDS Walk would lead me to raising $1,025 for the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center (BAPAC) & being on TV.
Zutty, Angela, & Deon, all people living with HIV, talk about how they disclose their HIV status.