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Compassionate Care

Since 1986

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1986.
The organization was founded by Robert Edwards (also known as “Papa Bear”) a local bar owner who responded to the medical and social crisis at a time when most were afraid to acknowledge the AIDS epidemic.

SAAF grew from a volunteer grass-roots effort and is now the oldest and most comprehensive professionally managed organization that provides services for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Bexar County and 11 surrounding South Texas counties.

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Dignity and Comfort

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation provides a continuum of care to low-income HIV-positive men, women and transgender individuals. Our services include resource and benefits assistance, case management, mental health counseling, medical care, pharmacy services, housing, and a year-round hot meal program. We offer onsite and mobile testing for HIV and STDs, as well as HIV prevention education presentations in local public schools, at colleges and universities, adult probation facilities and teen detention programs.


Compassionate Care Since 1986.

To prevent the spread of HIV and provide comprehensive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.


A community free of HIV.

Values: Compassion | Respect | Dedication | Confidentiality | Client-focused | Empowerment

Board of Directors

Fermin Parra


Community Advocate

Anna Galimore

Vice Chair

City of San Antonio

Robert Boedecker



Brian Wiatrek


Lead Systems Analyst

Barbara Taylor, MD


UT Health

Roland Benavidez


Stylist and Community Ally

Michael Ritter, JD



Janeli Saucedo-Castrejanna


Ikea Loyalty Manager

Emad Abdallah


H-E-B Warehouse Manager

Our Services Include:

  • Outpatient Care Clinic
  • HIV/STD Testing
  • Prevention Education
  • Behavioral Health Counseling
  • Nourishing SAAF Hot Meal Program
  • Medical and Social Case Management
  • Transitional Housing Program
  • Oral Health Referrals
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Medication Assistance