For three decades we’ve contributed to HIV prevention in San Francisco and worldwide as the HIV Research Section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). We’ve been fortunate to serve the San Francisco Bay Area communities and beyond since the early 1980’s. We want to continue to build bridges between these global communities and connect our research to the people most affected by the HIV epidemic. To expand our reach, we needed to increase our visibility and send a clear, unified message to the world about who we are and what we do. That’s why in August of 2012 we were excited to present our new name, Bridge HIV, which strongly reflects our heritage and values.
“We are excited to unveil our new name, which evokes our heritage of conducting ground-breaking HIV research in the San Francisco Bay Area,” says Susan Buchbinder, MD, Director of Bridge HIV. “Our name also symbolizes important tenets of our mission, such as connection through collaboration. By connecting to researchers and communities throughout the world, our scientific breakthroughs can be used to help people most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
Our research and clinic facilities
In August of 2012 we also relocated to expanded research and clinical facilities at the historic 25 Van Ness Avenue building as part of the San Francisco Office and Renovation (SOAR) project. The renovation project was funded by the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009.
Our new and improved research clinic added 8,000 square feet of new space to our clinic and renovated 9,000 square feet of existing space. As part of the renovation, we added new examination rooms, counseling and physician offices, and additional research space.
“The expansion of our facilities will help us advance our research,” says Dr. Susan Buchbinder, Director of Bridge HIV and SOAR Scientific Lead Advisor. “This is an important step towards increasing our capacity to support large, diverse groups of study participants. The renovation of our facilities will allow us to lead the development of strategies to prevent HIV infection and disease progression, while serving the needs of Bay Area communities.”