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Women's HIV Program

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(415) 353-2119

The UCSF Women's HIV Program provides comprehensive medical and behavioral health care and social services for women living with or at risk for HIV.

In partnership with our patients and community, we have developed an innovative approach to care that takes into account patients' cultural identities and needs, traumas they may have experienced, and their capacity for resilience. We integrate behavioral health care into primary care and seek to optimize our patients' well-being by building on their strengths and the individual factors that reduce their health risks.

Established in 1993, we were one of the first outpatient clinics in the country dedicated specifically to serving women and children living with HIV. Since then, we have expanded to include those at risk for HIV and to provide extensive behavioral health care. The program is co-directed by Katy Davis and Dr. Edward Machtinger.

Our team includes experts in infectious disease, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics, as well as developmental psychologists and psychotherapists, nutritionists, pharmacists and social workers. Volunteer lawyers provide legal advice on workers' rights, guardianship, estate planning and other issues.

Our services include:


  • Primary care
  • Specialized HIV medical consultations
  • Reproductive, obstetric and gynecologic care
  • In-house pharmacy and comprehensive pharmacy services
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for patients or partners of patients


  • Comprehensive substance use, mental health and social work services
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP) for substance use
  • Individual substance use counseling
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry and medication-assisted treatment for alcohol or opiate use
  • Expressive arts interventions
  • Healthy relationship workshops
  • Medical social work
  • Family case management
  • Care navigation for children of patients

Doctor referral required

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    Patient education

    FAQ: HIV Testing

    Commonly asked questions regarding HIV Testing including, why, when and where you should be tested and what to do if your test returns positive for HIV.

    Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Prevent HIV Transmission

    Commonly asked questions regarding Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Prevent HIV Transmission including, frequency, side effects, prescriptions and more.

    HIV ELISA and Western Blot

    In general, testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a 2-step process that involves a screening test and follow-up tests. Learn more here.

    HIV and Pregnancy

    If you are pregnant, we recommend you be tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) even if you do not think you are at risk. Learn more here.

    Support services 

    Patient Resource

    Case Management & Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

    Patient Resource

    Patient Relations

    We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.

    Patient Resource

    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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