Geospatial Research on HIV Treatment in San Francisco

Principal Investigator: Alexis Martinez, PhD

Website: HIV Neighborhoods Study

Study Team

Finn Black, Research Assistant

Study Objective

We are a team of researchers at San Francisco State University and the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS). Our study looks at how neighborhoods can impact people living with HIV. Working together with the HIV+ community, we are making maps of where people go for care and how the places they live impact their health and their lives.

The aims of the study are:

1.) To examine spatial relationships between neighborhood characteristics and HIV treatment outcomes in San Francisco through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software.

2.) To identify locations of resources which facilitate engagement in HIV treatment by utilizing methods of public participatory GIS (PPGIS) with HIV positive individuals.

3.) To create an online mapping platform for the dissemination of thematic maps showing gaps in HIV treatment outcomes and resources using data collected in Aims 1 and 2.


Where we are now.

Currently, we are working to examine spatial relationships between neighborhood characteristics, such as poverty and race, and HIV treatment outcomes for all living cases of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco and all newly diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS between 2009- 2013. We are making preparations to conduct participatory mapping focus groups in 10 neighborhoods in SFSU, to be held at CREGS in early spring 2016.

Want to get involved with us?

You are eligible if:

We meet in downtown San Francisco. Each participant comes to one confidential mapping group that will be 1-2 hours long. Snacks are provided and participants will be compensated $40 for time and travel.

If this sounds like you, fill out the contact form HERE and a member of the team will contact you.


This study is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.