The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF, pronounced “safe”) has a dual mission — to provide compassionate medical care and social services to people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and to help prevent the spread of HIV through education, counseling and testing.
We are committed to providing medical care for persons with HIV/AIDS, and education and testing to help prevent the spread of HIV. SAAF advocates a harm reduction philosophy believing that all individuals with HIV need compassionate services, including food and shelter, irrespective of their circumstances and practices.
SAAF exists to provide dignity and comfort to individuals infected with HIV and AIDS. SAAF supports the provision of services without discrimination on any basis, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, handicap, immigrant status, national origin, drug use, and criminal background.
SAAF is the only organization in Texas that offers a residential HIV/AIDS skilled nursing/hospice facilities and is the largest licensed Department of State Health Services HIV/AIDS special care facility in the state. SAAF believes ability to pay should never be a factor in access to care. Most of SAAF’s clients make less than 100% of the federal poverty guidelines. All of SAAF’s services are free, with a minimum requested sliding scale donation for those who can pay and are available for undocumented immigrants. SAAF’s daily cost of providing residential skilled nursing or hospice care is $145 versus the customary hospital charge of close to $1,000 a day, which annually saves the Bexar County tax payers millions of dollars for both Medicaid/Medicare beneficiaries, and the uninsured.
- Counseling and testing available in Spanish and English
- SAAF offers both anonymous and confidential testing
- Test results in 20 minutes
- Walk-in basis
- Free HIV & Syphilis testing and counseling
- Minors do NOT need parental consent to test