Positive Health Access to Service and Treatment (PHAST)

Sponsor: City and County of San Francisco

Location(s): United States


The Positive Health Access to Services and Treatment (PHAST) team is a rapid response team that has championed HIV testing and linkage to care across the SFGH campus since 2002.

Our mission is to meet the goals of the US National AIDS Strategy and CDC HIV Testing Guidelines by:

  • Identifying undiagnosed HIV infection in all patients who have contact with the SFGH system
  • Providing rapid linkage to care for individuals who are newly diagnosed or have barriers to engagement in care
  • Initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) as soon as possible in all patients who are accepting of treatment
  • Supporting vulnerable patients by providing nursing care coordination and psychosocial stabilization throughout the linkage to care process