Our History

Bridge HIV has been working to find new and innovative ways to fight HIV/AIDS since the start of the epidemic. Our history is tied to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) City Clinic. In 1978, the City Clinic conducted several studies on sexually transmitted diseases, including a clinical trial vaccine for Hepatitis B among bisexual and gay men in San Francisco. Ultimately, the information collected from these studies led to the discovery of the HIV virus.

Our results became a world-renowned resource for understanding HIV infection and disease. Thirty years later, we now function as an independent and grant-funded research unit of the SFDPH AIDS Office. On a daily basis, we engage with diverse communities, manage a large network of global volunteers, and drive innovative HIV prevention studies.

A Unique Role in the San Francisco AIDS Office
During our early work on the Hepatitis B study, additional teams were formed by SFDPH to track the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic, begin prevention efforts and coordinate treatment services in San Francisco. Together with these teams, we formed the original AIDS Office in San Francisco, a part of the Department of Public Health.

In those early days, we helped to identify the leading risk factors for HIV infection, as well as the most common indicators of disease progression. Later, we developed into a clinical trials unit, testing a variety of HIV prevention strategies. San Francisco is unique in this regard: we are the only Department of Public Health to feature its own clinical trials unit.

We’re proud of our heritage and strive to conduct cutting-edge research, asking critical questions to advance our knowledge about HIV infection and prevention.

Today, HIV-negative volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Area can participate in a variety of HIV prevention research studies. Learn more about our ongoing research, completed studies and studies enrolling now.