Why We're Special

The mission statement of Magnet, a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of gay men.

We reflect the diversity and values of gay men who live, work or play in the Castro, seeking the participation and support of gay men to create and sustain the health and well-being of our community.

In addition to providing sexual health services, Magnet holds on-going community events and programs including dance nights, art exhibits, town hall forums, open mic nights and other social events. We bring men together in an affirming environment that embraces the diversity of gay male culture. Magnet is a place where gay men can access resources and each other to promote individual and community health.

Collaboration is the key to our success, and includes health providers, community members, as well as Castro area merchants and residents. Current collaborators include (but are not limited to): Blow Buddies; Sundance Saloon; the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies; the Queer Cultural Center; the Merchants of Upper Market & Castro; San Francisco Department of Public Health; and The Options Project. Magnet continues to seek input in its development and growth through our active Community Advisory Board.