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California AIDS Service Organizations

Northern California

Central Coast

High Sierra

  • Sierra HOPE
    Provides medication, financial assistance, benefits counseling, support groups, transportation, a food pantry, a library and education services in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.

San Francisco

  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
    Provides free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV.
  • Healing Waters
    San Francisco-based organization that runs weekend outdoor adventure trips (ex. kayaking, skiing, backpacking) for a low fee to people with HIV/AIDS and their families/caregivers.
  • HIV/AIDS Resources in San Francisco
    A listing of San Francisco-area organizations devoted to HIV/AIDS issues.
  • Positive Resource Center
    Offers financial and medical benefits counseling and employment services in San Francisco to people with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.
  • Project Inform
    One of the oldest AIDS organizations in San Francisco. Offers research-based advocacy and client advocacy for HIV-positive women, treatment education and training services and a national treatment hotline.
  • Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation
    Produces cabaret shows, concerts and auctions to raise money for HIV/AIDS organizations. Volunteers are needed to work at one event or on an ongoing basis.
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation
    The largest AIDS organization in San Francisco, offering financial benefits counseling, client advocacy, housing assistance, a state hotline (English and Spanish), education and a needle exchange program in San Francisco.
  • UCSF AIDS Health Project
    Offers HIV testing, training for other HIV providers, print publications on HIV and mental health, support groups and workshops in San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Area

Other Cities

  • Center for AIDS Research Education and Services (Sacramento)
    Provides comprehensive healthcare and social services for people with HIV/AIDS in Sacramento and Northern California.
  • Imperial County Public Health
    Provides medical care, case management, transportation and mental health services for the HIV positive. Also runs an early intervention program and provides personal risk reduction counseling.
  • North Coast AIDS Project
    Offers HIV education, prevention and case management.
  • Santa Cruz AIDS Project (Santa Cruz)
    Provides social work, benefits advocacy, financial assistance, food and transportation programs, legal services, housing services, therapy and support groups, education, safer sex supplies, HIV testing and needle exchange in Santa Cruz.
  • Sonoma County Department of Health Services
    Offers anonymous HIV and hepatitis C testing.
  • Sunburst Projects -- Rohnert Park (Northern California)
    Provides case management, respite care, education and prevention, mental health services and emergency financial services for families living with HIV/AIDS in Northern California. Also offers a residential summer camp for children with HIV/AIDS and various events.
  • Taylor Family Foundation -- Livermore (Central Valley-Northern California)
    Runs Camp Arroyo, a camp for Northern California children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Also funds other pediatric programs.

Southern California

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County

Orange County

  • AIDS Services Foundation Orange County
    Offers benefits counseling, housing programs, mental health services, family and children's programming, recreation, food services, education, grooming services, financial assistance and case management in Orange County.
  • Shanti Orange County
    "The HIV/AIDS Agency With the Caring Heart": Offers case management services, counseling services, HIV testing, support groups, home-delivered meals, HIV prevention and education, a volunteer program and an internship program.

Southern California

  • Bienestar Human Services
    Offers food distribution, counseling, translation and interpretation services, support groups, housing assistance, case management, prevention and education, phone and online chat resources, retreats, skill building workshops and HIV testing in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County and San Diego.
  • Heart Touch Project -- Venice
    Offers weekly massage therapy to home- or hospital-bound men, women and children in Southern California (Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Inland Empire Counties). Offers training for its massage therapist volunteers and seeks volunteers in many other areas.

San Diego

  • Christie's Place
    Family advocacy, treatment education and adherence help, haircuts, clothes closet, mental health services, support groups and more.
  • North County Health Services
    Offers HIV prevention education, HIV testing and counseling. Also assigns case managers to coordinate and provide financial and medical assistance to HIV-positive individuals and their families in San Diego County.
  • SD POZabilities (San Diego County)
    Hosts social events such as movies, dinners, trips and sports for HIV-positive men in the San Diego area.

Inland Empire

  • AIDS Assistance Program -- Palm Springs (Desert)
    Provides food voucher distribution and benefits counseling in Palm Springs.
  • Desert AIDS Project
    Offers an on-site medical clinic, HIV testing, case management, home care, benefits counseling, transportation, food, legal counseling, mental health services, housing assistance, child care, employment counseling and education and prevention.
  • Foothill AIDS Project
    Foothill AIDS Project offers early intervention outreach, linkage to care services, patient education, counseling, support groups, recovery help, emergency assistance, family support services, as well as housing and food assistance programs to over 1,000 people living with HIV/AIDS across the Inland Empire.


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