Magnet has served the community since 2003. It is a sexual health clinic in the Castro.This collection includes posters, artifacts,
photographs, audio/visual material, and newspaper clippings.
The Magnet is a health and wellness program located in the SFAF's Strut Center in the heart of the Castro District of San
Francisco, offering community events, sexual health services, substance use counseling, PrEP, HIV and STI testing, learning
events and rotating art displays from queer artists.
In the spring of 2001, a Community Advisory Board comprised of community members, social workers and activists began meeting
regularly to discuss how to proceed with the development of a new Gay Men's Health Center. The new Center needed to address
gay men's' health in innovative ways instead of replicating existing programs in a new location. Since 2003, Magnet's overarching
vision has been to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of gay men. Magnet activities are guided by the following
core values of the agency: self-determination, access, sexual expression, diversity and leadership. Magnet provides individual
STI/HIV services and community programs including book readings, art exhibits, town hall forums and other social events. They
bring communities together in an affirming environment that embraces the diversity of gay male culture. In 2007 Magnet merged
with the SFAF with their ultimate objective of increasing services to men throughout the Bay Area. Magnet also serves transgender,
gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, and gender-queer people.
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