At Your Service: About the AIDS Hotline

The California AIDS Hotline, a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, provides information about HIV and AIDS, emotional support, and referrals in English, Spanish, and Filipino dialects to all residents of California.

It is staffed by more than 100 volunteers, who complete a 32-hour training program to prepare them for their work, and a small group of paid staff that coordinates schedules and provides supervision and support during each hotline shift. The toll-free number (800-367-AIDS) operates from 9 AM to 9 PM weekdays and 10 AM to 6 PM on weekends.

Hotline Phone Numbers

  • 800-367-AIDS
    Toll free for California

  • 415-863-AIDS
    Inside San Francisco or outside California

  • 888-225-AIDS
    For the deaf and hearing impaired

  • 415-487-8014
    To volunteer as a Hotline Health Educator

Complementing the Hotline is our new referral website www.AIDSHotline.org, which contains information on 1,300 organizations providing HIV/AIDS services throughout California. An important resource for the general public, the website is also a key resource for hotline volunteers who use it extensively in doing their work.

The hotline provides life-saving information to Californians on a wide spectrum of issues, including HIV testing, transmission, trends, and AIDS treatments. The hotline receives more than 90,000 calls each year. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

In addition to phone calls, the hotline responds to hundreds of email questions in English and in Spanish from all over the world. It is interesting to note, that most of the emails from South America and Europe are usually from an individual concerned about how HIV is transmitted, while emails from countries in Africa come predominately from organizations looking for educational information, resources, or donations. AIDS Hotline can be reached via email at contact-us@AIDSHotline.org.

California Callers: Gender and Age Data

Category% of Calls
Male67%
Female32%
Unknown1%
16 and under2%
17 - 2420%
25 - 3437%
35 - 4426%
45 - 5411%
55 - 653%
66 and over1%
Breakdown of Callers to AIDS Hotline

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