When the AIDS epidemic first swept through San Francisco in the early 1980s, UCSF doctors quickly realized two key points. First, the primary patient population getting the disease – gay men – was already the target of significant discrimination, including in the health field. So those patients needed doctors who weren’t just willing to treat them, but were passionate about it. Second, many of the patients were struggling with serious socio-economic issues in addition to their HIV. Read more.