Our Mission

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. We exist to provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

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What We Believe

There are many factors which affect the working conditions and experiences for all Sex Workers including the political and economic climate, poverty and homelessness, stigmatization, violence, as well as the overwhelming intricacies of the legal, public and social systems. It is the philosophy of St. James Infirmary to build upon existing skills and strengths in order to allow individuals to determine their own goals.

  • We are fundamentally against the criminalizing of Sex Workers—regardless of our different perspectives on decriminalization or legalization, the collective view of the St. James Infirmary is that incarceration of our community further marginalizes and disenfranchised us, which creates barriers to capacity building, and exacerbates a public health crisis.
  • We believe in revolution through healthcare. We challenge the conventional healthcare model that divides patients and providers and fosters unhealthy power dynamics. Our peer-based model creates a safe, trusted, and honest environment in which to provide services, and empowers our community to define our own well-being.
  • We are founded on the principles of harm reduction—St. James Infirmary supports Sex Workers being treated with dignity and respect, in every aspect of their lives

Our Impact

  • We increase access to primary healthcare and social services for Sex Workers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • We formalize communication and collaboration among individuals and agencies who serve Sex Workers to better serve our community.
  • We promote peer-based public health initiatives on behalf of Sex Workers, which may be used as a model for improving occupational health and safety standards and developing comprehensive medical and social services for Sex Workers around the world.
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From Our Blog

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St. James Infirmary featured on CBS “Bay Area Focus”

By sjidirector | May 5, 2017
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St. James receives the 2016 Heritage of Pride Award from San Francisco Pride!

By stephashley | May 5, 2017
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New Address, New Hours, New Services!

By sjidirector | March 16, 2016

You may have heard the news- we’ve moved!!! Our new address is 234 Eddy Street, between Jones and Taylor- two blocks from the Powell Street BART Station. If you’d like a clinic staff member or volunteer to meet you at the BART station and escort you to your appointment, you can leave us a message letting […]

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Losing our home, building a new one

By sjidirector | October 15, 2015

Dear friends, family & supporters of the St. James Infirmary, It is with a heavy but determined heart that I write to tell you we are losing our clinic space at 1372 Mission Street in the very near future. The building which has housed the SJI, and recently our comrades at the TGIJP, is being […]

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Announcing our new High-Impact HIV Prevention Program!

By sjidirector | September 1, 2015

San Francisco AIDS Foundation to Expand PrEP Availability, Benefits Navigation; Glide and St. James Infirmary to Double HIV Testing Efforts Introducing the SJI’s High Impact HIV Prevention Team: Juba Kalamka, Dee Michel, Aria Sa’id, Mayra Lopez & Natalia García SAN FRANCISCO, August 11, 2015—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has granted San […]

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Support the St. James 2015 AIDS Walk Team!

By sjidirector | June 19, 2015

We’re already getting excited for the 2015 AIDS Walk San Francisco- where we strut our stuff for some much needed funds to support our HIV Prevention Services. Help us kick start our fundraising with a donation to our team!   

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St. James’ Super Sweet Sixteen!

By sjidirector | May 12, 2015

On Saturday June 13th it’s a Double Birthday Party for St. James Infirmary & Stephany Ashley (SJI’s ED).  Live bands, DJs, food, drink and debauchery, with all funds going to support free healthcare and social services for Bay Area sex workers! Who: St. James Infirmary and all our fans and family! What: A Birthday Party […]

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New Jobs at the St. James Infirmary!

By sjidirector | April 17, 2015

JOB POSTING HIV SERVICES MANAGER 32-40 hours per week at $23 per hour The St. James Infirmary is hiring an HIV Services Manager to oversee our HIV Prevention Programming. St. James currently has a contract with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide HIV testing, counseling and linkage services to high risk HIV negative […]

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We’ve got your New Years Resolutions covered!

By sjidirector | January 6, 2015

New Services for your Mind, Body & Heart Begin in January of 2015!  

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Holiday Party- December 18th!

By sjidirector | December 12, 2014

The St. James Infirmary’s Annual Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 18th from 6-8pm! We invite staff, volunteers & community members of the SJI, as well as their friends and family, to join us for dinner and holiday cheer in the community room at 1372 Mission Street. After the Holiday Party, we will be having a […]

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