Records documenting the formation and activity of the AIDS Office, including files of the Director of Public Health prior
to the AIDS Office's creation in 1985, followed by successive Directors of the AIDS Office itself, records from each of the
five branches of the AIDS Office, and records documenting the contracts process with community-based organizations.
The AIDS Office (AO) of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is responsible for all non-acute AIDS activities
administered by the city, including surveillance, research, administration and oversight of much of the city, state, and federal
funding of AIDS-related services; coordination of non-acute care services for people with AIDS (PWAs) and HIV+ people; coordination
of AIDS education and prevention programs; and planning and policy development related to AIDS for the city. Information the
AO collects is also passed on to appropriate state and federal offices (CDC, NIH, etc.) to help them understand what is occurring
with AIDS and AIDS-related services in San Francisco. It was formed in 1985 from the merging of the AIDS Activities Office
(formed in 1984) and the AIDS Surveillance Unit of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist.Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk
hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.