MNHC’s Clinica Esperanza (Clinic of Hope), offers a continuum of HIV treatment services. The clinic’s interdisciplinary model has earned the attention and respect of public health officials and health practitioners in the community and nationwide. We are the only healthcare facility in San Francisco that offers monolingual Spanish-speaking clients the opportunity to receive all their services in their native language.HOW TO BECOME A PATIENT AT MNHC »
Clinica Esperanza offers our HIV+ patients:
- Sensitive and compassionate medical care
- Case Management
- Health Education
- Nutritional Counseling
- Treatment Adherence support
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
- Peer Advocacy – an opportunity to work with a staff member who is also HIV+, who can assist in navigating the healthcare system and provide morale support
- Support and healthy living groups
- Hermanos de Luna y Sol – HIV risk-reduction intervention program for Spanish-speaking, immigrant gay and bisexual men in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Twenty-four years ago I walked in to Clinica Esperanza with a new diagnosis that everybody thought was the beginning of the end. The Clinic became a safe haven in many ways . . . I believe the clinic helped save my life.
- Per Eidspjeld, former patient
"MNHC is about building a healthy community."
- Fernando Gomez Benitez, MNHC Deputy Director
Access to quality care
90% of our patients are up-to-date with their routine HIV care, compared to 57% of all persons living with HIV in SF (SFDPH Epidemiology Report 2011); all of our patients receive the support they need to enter in to and remain engaged in medical care.
Access to medication
97% of our patients are on antiretroviral therapy, individually managed by their care team to meet their needs and treatment goals.
89% of our patients experience viral suppression, compared to 62% of all persons living with HIV in SF (SFDPH HIV Epidemiology Report 2011). Viral suppression dramatically improves a person with HIV to thrive and decreasing the chance of passing on HIV to others.