Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to sexual health services declined significantly in 2020, reflected in a 40% decline in HIV and STI testing in San Francisco. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us to be more innovative in how to offer these much-needed services. In 2020, San Francisco City Clinic implemented tele-health and express visits to serve as many patients as quickly and safely as possible, and continues to offer low-cost STI testing, diagnosis, and treatment regardless of insurance status. To make sexual health care even more accessible, SFDPH has launched a home HIV/STI testing program, TakeMeHome
, which provides San Franciscans with access to FREE HIV and STI screening in the privacy of their own home.