HIV Programs


We offer the following services for clients in our HIV Programs.

Care Navigation

Shanti Project offers emotional and practical support for clients, as well as information and referrals to other HIV service agencies in San Francisco. Our Care Navigators also assist clients with assessing urgent needs such as mental health care, food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and more.

Client Advocacy

Outreach, basic assessments, information and referrals to appropriate vital support services; medication adherence support and medical appointment compliance; harm reduction counseling; emotional and practical support; ongoing care coordination; and matching and support of client/volunteer matches.

Groups and Workshops

Shanti offers a number of support groups, seminars, workshops and retreats for individuals living with HIV and/or HCV. Our groups address a variety of goals, including building support among peers, increasing knowledge about HIV and/or HCV, treatment, and wellness, and improving psychological and physical health outcomes.

Servicios en Español

Shanti ofrece servicios de navegación y grupos de apoyo en Español para personas que viven con VIH en San Francisco.

Drop-In Service Center

Drop-in Groups

Monday Night Group – Monday 4:30 – 6pm
Reserved for clients seeking a long-term small group. Please be committed to attending regularly. To attend, contact Derrick Mapp,

Positivxs – Every other Tuesday 4 – 5:30pm
Grupo de apoyo mixto que se reúne en persona para hispanohablantes que viven con VIH. Para más información, contactar a Liliana Talero,

VENT – Wednesday 11 – 1pm
A comfortable and safe place for clients to speak with staff, talk with other clients, review resource materials, or just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. For questions, contact Bridget Pickens,

Older + Positive – Thursday 2:30 – 4pm
Available on a drop-in basis for clients 50+. To attend, contact Derrick Mapp,

Creative Writing Group – Thursday 4 – 6pm
Open to all clients looking to connect to other community members through writing and sharing. If interested, contact Gregg Cassin,

Mujeres Latinas Positivas – Last Friday of the month 3 – 5pm
Shanti y San Francisco AIDS Foundation nos unimos para empezar nuestro grupo para mujeres latinas positivas, en español. Para más información, contactar a Liliana Talero,

Honoring Our Experience

Honoring Our Experience is a weekend-long retreat for people living with HIV to come together and heal, build community, and have fun!

The Honoring Our Experience community also meets for regular meals, quarterly dances, and additional outings.

Activities & Events

Shanti offers clients an opportunity to enjoy some of the Bay Area’s cultural events and recreational activities with a supportive group of peers. Event Tickets (complimentary) are offered for musicals, live theater, concerts, sports, opera, ballet, and more. A Volunteer is available at the Activities Desk at Shanti’s Polk Street office Wednesday through Friday 10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

For a recorded listing of current Activities & Events and to reserve tickets call (415) 674-4743. To be added to the email list please contact