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Fighting for San Francisco’s Diversity

We are more than 30 years into the epidemic that impacted San Francisco so significantly, and the times have certainly changed. But with progress comes new challenges, and the needs of our clients are as great as ever.

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Assessing the Need for Legal Services

Legal services cannot be overlooked when examining the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Here’s why.

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Getting to Zero (Winter 2015)

A new year has begun and we are fortunate to see some glimmers of hope in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The City is contemplating increased capacity to serve people with HIV by committing to a goal of Getting To Zero: zero new HIV transmissions, zero deaths from HIV, and zero stigma.

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Something to Celebrate (Fall 2014)

In San Francisco, the frosty air and dazzling window displays are all you need as proof that the holidays are fast approaching and the whole world will soon be in a whirlwind of celebration. Not to be left out of the excitement, ALRP is excited to share some of the things we’re celebrating this season.

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Making All the Difference (Fall 2013)

As I sat in my cluttered but comfortable office the other day, I overheard a client as he was expressing his deep appreciation for the work of one of our law clerks. The client shared that before reaching out to ALRP, he had been so distraught at the prospect of losing his housing that he had gathered enough pills to end it all.

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Reflecting on 30 Years of Service (Spring 2013)

As ALRP celebrates its 30th anniversary, there is much to be proud of. ALRP services continue to play a critical role in supporting people living with HIV in the Bay Area through some of their greatest challenges. When we save someone’s housing, when we secure political asylum for someone facing persecution in their country of origin, and when we protect someone’s disability insurance, we know that our clients’ health is measurably improved. Our clients are at the heart of what we do.

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HIV Treatment Cascade (Fall 2012)

As ALRP approaches its 30th year of service, it is important to remember the challenges we face at home in the U.S. in addressing the HIV epidemic. A new tool called the HIV Treatment Cascade visually shows the number of HIV+ individuals in the U.S. who are fully benefiting from the medical care and treatment available. With each step of the cascade, a significant number of people drop off. Only 25% actually achieve suppression of their viral infection.

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Technophobe Turns Tech Savvy (Summer 2012)

Technology is not my friend. I still do not own a cell phone and I am proud of it. But I recognize the importance of running an agency that is efficient and effective. Taking advantage of new technology is essential to ensuring that our clients are well-served. In order to broaden our reach in the community, we are using new communication tools to share the unique stories of our clients, volunteers, and donors.

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ALRP Meets AARP (Winter 2011)

It is true what they say about AARP sending their membership applications right on schedule; they don’t miss a beat. Mine arrived in October, just two weeks before I turned 50 years old. AIDS has been here for 30 of those years. While I am deeply aware and appreciative of the many blessings in my life, I can’t help but reflect on the loss of friends and colleagues who were dear to me.

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AIDS at 30 (Summer 2011)

It is now 30 years since the onset of the AIDS epidemic. While some things have gotten much better, we still have a long way to go to ensure access to care for all who need it.

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