The Positive Health Program (PHP) located at the San Francisco General Hospital, Ward 86 clinic is one of the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS clinics in the United States, the result of a collaborative effort between the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco Department of Medicine's Medical Service. It is an internationally recognized center of clinical excellence and standard-setter for HIV care and the pioneer of important medical and scientific advances.
The PHP treatment model includes an emphasis on outpatient primary and specialty HIV care, rapid availability of routine and urgent care to the patient, psychosocial support through a spectrum of services, integration of patient care with clinical research, and ongoing education for patients, providers and the local community.
PHP has been an excellent clinical setting for clinical nurse specialist and adult nurse practitioner students specializing in HIV/AIDS (and faculty too). Students learn to work with patients who often may not have any other source of health care, who present with an array of medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, and who have often been marginalized by society. In addition, students are exposed to an academic teaching institution in a county medical setting that often may need systems strengthening that would enhance care delivery for the providers and patients.