SFDPH launches new social media campaign “Have Good Sex” to support sexual health and wellness for all San Franciscans (February 2021)

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.

 To request a kit through TakeMeHome, users fill out a brief eligibility questionnaire and enter an address where they want the kit to be sent.  Eligible users will be sent a discreet package containing swabs, a fingerstick, and a card for collecting their samples, as well as resources and instructions on what to do if they find out their test results are positive

But access to care is not the only barrier to sexual health and wellness.  Addressing and confronting stigma is one of our biggest challenges in HIV and STI prevention. To celebrate sex-positivity, health, and wellness in communities of color in San Francisco, the SFDPH STD program, in collaboration with 510Media, launched a new social media campaign on February 16th: Have GOOD Sex.  The goal of the campaign is to address the stigma associated with sex and sexuality and create a place for conversations on sexual health and pleasure.  With a focus on Black and Latinx San Franciscans ages 18 - 49, and promoted by local influencers, Have GOOD Sex combines social media with social influencers to move with culture and be a part of the conversation. Have GOOD Sex also promotes the TakeMeHome project.

For more information on sexual health and to learn more about SFDPH’s clinic-based sexual health services, visit SF City Clinic.

For the full monthly report this editorial appeared in, please visit Department of Public Health - Research, Health Assessments & Data (sfdph.org) webpage and scroll down to San Francisco Monthly STD Reports.