World AIDS Day Events 2014 - Minnesota Dept. of Health

World AIDS Day Calendar for 2015

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Planning something for World AIDS Day 2015?
Contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) once events are set-up so they can be listed on the MDH website's Statewide World AIDS Day Calendar. Please submit the "Planning Something for World AIDS Day" on line form to Roy Nelson at MDH, call 651-201-4027 or email.


“No Tengas Miedo” World AIDS Day Event – St. Paul

Sponsored by Westside Community Health Services’ “No Tengas Miedo” Program
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Westside Community Health Services
153 Cesar Chavez Street
St. Paul, MN 55107

The "No Tengas Miedo" program, West Side Community Health Services, will be hosting an event for World AIDS Day. They will be offering free and confidential HIV testing to the Latino MSM community. Gift Card of $5.00 incentives will be provided to anyone that receives an HIV test. Games and prizes available for everyone that attends. Walk-ins are welcome. No cost, reservations or appointments necessary.  For more information, contact Mario Maldonado, 651-602-7540,, or Emilio Sauceda, 651-389-2428,

World AIDS Day Free and Confidential STD and HIV Testing Event – Red Wing

Sponsored by First Choice Clinic
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
First Choice Clinic
1755 Old West Main Street, Suite 101
Red Wing, MN 55066

Free confidential STD and HIV testing will be offered from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1st at the First Choice Clinic in Red Wing. Appointments preferred by calling 651-267-4357. For more information, call Mandy Fleming, 651-267-4357, or email:

The Aliveness Project’s World AIDS Day HIV Testing Event - Minneapolis

Sponsored by The Aliveness Project
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Aliveness Project
3808 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55409

In commemoration of World AIDS Day (WAD), The Aliveness Project will offer free HIV testing for walk-ins from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1st at their office: 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. For more information, contact Tom Bichanga, The Aliveness Project, 612-822-7946, ext. 214, or by email at:

HCMC World AIDS Day Resource Fair – Minneapolis

Sponsored by Hennepin County Medical Center’s Positive Care Center and its community partners
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Downtown Campus
(2nd level Skyway between the Red and Purple Buildings)
701 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415

In observance of World AIDS Day, Hennepin County Medical Center’s Positive Care Center with its community partners will host a World AIDS Day Resource Fair on December 1st. Several state and community-based organizations will staff exhibits about resources available to the HIV community, as well as, provide fun and “Spin to Win” prize games. The event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Hank Jensen, HCMC, 612-873-9974, or by email at:

Sarah Simmons Showcase World AIDS Day Observance: “Talent, Tacos & Testing” – Minneapolis

Sponsored by the Minnesota African/African American Women HIV Initiative (MAAAH) and several other community partners
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Capri Theatre
2027 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411

In observance of World AIDS Day and in memory of local AIDS advocate Sarah Simmons, on-stage performances will highlight the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on the local African and African American communities. A variety of local entertainers will provide “Edutainment” - personal performances that combine an educational message with their stage talents. Free HIV screening and refreshments will be featured throughout the event. For more information, contact Sandy Johnson, MAAAH, 651-201-4019,, or Woodrow Jefferson at 612-520-4004.

2015 National World AIDS Day: HIV & Partner Violence Presentation and Dinner – St. Paul

Sponsored by the Open Cities Health Center
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Open Cities Health Center, Inc.
409 North Dunlap Street
St. Paul, MN 55104

Open Cities Health Center (OCHC) cordially invites you to join us in an evening of acknowledgement to National World AIDS Day – December 1st.  We’re planning to have Fun, Social Connection and impacting education for all attending. There will be an engaging presentation by Shanasha Whitson, LPC/LMFT, WILLOW Program Coordinator, African American AIDS Task Force. This Year’s presentation topic focuses on HIV and intimate partner violence and abuse; Titled:  HIV & Intimate Partner Violence (Protect Your Health, Empower Your Life). The evening will also include a wonderful dinner for you to enjoy.   This is an open event for all and we ask that confidentiality be respected by all. This is an open free event for everyone. To attend, please R.S.V.P. by November 15th to Pete Jackson, OCHC, 651-251-5987, or by email at:

World AIDS Day Forum: Getting to Zero New HIV Infections with PrEP  – Minneapolis

Sponsored by Augsburg College LGBTQIA Student Services, Minnesota AIDS Project, and HIM Program of Red Door Services-Hennepin County Public Health
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Augsburg College
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
625 22nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Join the Minnesota AIDS Project, the HIM Program at Red Door Service, and Augsburg College for a World AIDS Day forum on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – an extremely effective new tool to reinvigorate HIV prevention efforts. Health care professionals, community advocates, and people using PrEP will engage in a discussion about how this new tool is being used in Minnesota: How effective is PrEP at preventing HIV? How can people advocate for greater access to PrEP? What communities can benefit from PrEP? How do we address the stigma attached to PrEP?

This event is free and open to community members, health care professionals, students, and others interested in getting to zero with new HIV infections in Minnesota. Visit Facebook to RSVP.

Connect Local, Impact Global: World AIDS Day Happy Hour - Minneapolis

Sponsored by RESULTS Twin Cities
Wednesday December 2, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Common Roots Café
2558 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405

On Wednesday, December 2nd (5 to 7 p.m.), RESULTS Twin Cities will host a discussion at the Common Roots Café in Minneapolis about the challenges of the AIDS epidemic, Twin Cities organizations fighting AIDS, and action needed for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. You will walk away with new skills and a renewed sense of empowerment. This event is free, open to the public, and appetizers will be served.  Join us for an engaging night of learning and networking. Feel free to email with questions at:, or call, 651-431-8995, or visit our FB page.

12th Annual African World AIDS Day (AWAD) Event – Minneapolis

Sponsored by The African Leadership and several community agencies and organizations
Saturday, December 5, 2015
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
Second Floor Gymnasium
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

The African Leadership is hosting its 12th annual African World AIDS Day (AWAD) event on Saturday, December 5th at Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis from 12 to 4 p.m. African residents representing several African nations will be enjoined in a unified World AIDS Day commemoration to raise awareness about the impact HIV and AIDS has had on Africans living here and in their respective countries. Big giveaways, door prizes, live band, refreshments, and free HIV testing, health screenings, and blood pressure checks available during the event. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shanasha at 612-483-0199, Alvine Siaka at 612-229-2679, or Henry Momanyi at 763-439-0083.

20th Annual Deaf AIDS Day – Minneapolis

Sponsored by the Deaf Red Ribbon Committee
Saturday, December 5, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bread of Life Deaf Lutheran Church
2901 38th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Bus Lines: #9 and #21

AIDS awareness was limited in the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) community during the late 1980s. DDDBHH people faced different attitudes for having HIV/AIDS. Now we are in the 21st century. Have things changed for the better? Come to the annual 20th DDBHH World AIDS Day event and share your thoughts! ASL/English Interpreters provided. Please request any other accommodations (including DeafBlind Interpreters) by November 13th. Send requests to Ron Harmount, Jr.,, or 651-356-8184 (VP). Other questions related to the event? Contact: Find and Like us on Facebook: Our Page is: Deaf Red Ribbon. Follow us on Twitter: @DeafRedRibbon #ErasetheAttitude.


African Health Action Corporation HIV Testing – West St. Paul

Sponsored by African Health Action Corporation (AHA)
Monday – Fridays (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
African Health Action
1074 Robert Street South
West St. Paul, MN 55118

AHA offers HIV testing every weekday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Appointments preferred but will take walk-ins. For more information, contact AHA at 612-284-1684, or by email at:, or visit AHA's web site.

Annex Teen Clinic Confidential HIV Community Based Testing and Education – Minneapolis

Sponsored by Annex Teen Clinic
Monday – Tuesdays (1 – 7 p.m.)
Wednesdays (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Thursdays (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Fridays (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Annex R.E.A.C.H. Community Office 
2404 Plymouth Avenue North 
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Free confidential HIV community-based testing available for males and females 15 years and older. Call to schedule individual testing. Education includes Sister to Sister one-on-one HIV/STD Risk Reduction Program for teen girls and women. For more information, contact Theresa Evans Ross, 763-235-1986 or by email at: 

Crown Medical Center Free HIV Testing - Minneapolis

Sponsored by Crown Medical Center
Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Saturdays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Crown Medical Center
1925 1st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Crown Medical Center offers free HIV testing for walk-ins or by appointment, five days a week, Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information call 612-871-4354, or visit Crown's web site.

Family Tree Clinic Reproductive Health Appointments – St. Paul

Sponsored by Family Tree Clinic
Mondays and Wednesdays (8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
Tuesdays and Thursdays (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Saturdays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Family Tree Clinic
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 205
St. Paul, MN 55104

We do offer walk-in STI and pregnancy testing services. Walk-in STI testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C is provided only if you’re symptom-free. If you’re not symptom-free, it’s best to see a provider so we can get you treated quickly. We do offer same-day or next-day appointments, however. Give us a call at 651-645-0478 or visit Family Tree's web site.

MAN Clinic (Male Access Now) – Minneapolis

Sponsored by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
Thursdays (3 – 5 p.m.)
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Males of all ages can be seen for STD testing and general health screenings, every Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., at NorthPoint. No appointments and no insurance needed. For more information, contact the MAN Clinic at 612-543-6737.

Men’s Health Clinic: HIV and STD Testing  – Minneapolis

Sponsored by Hennepin County Public Health Clinic – Red Door Services
Mondays and Wednesdays (8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Hennepin County Public Health Clinic
525 Portland Avenue – 4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415

HIV and STD testing for men provided by the HIM Program. No appointments necessary. Call the HIM Line at 612-348-9100 for questions, or visit The HIM Program on line.

Minnesota AIDS Project Drop-in HIV Testing - Minneapolis

Sponsored by the Minnesota AIDS Project
Mondays (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Tuesdays: (1 – 8 p.m.)
Wednesdays (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Thursdays (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Minnesota AIDS Project
1400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) offers in-house HIV testing at its Minneapolis location at the times and weekdays listed above. An HIV Educator will conduct a brief risk assessment, answer any questions and conduct the test. For more information, contact the MAP AIDSLine, 612-373-2437, or by email at:

The Aliveness Project Drop-in HIV Testing – Minneapolis

Sponsored by The Aliveness Project
Monday through Thursdays (10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Fridays (10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
The Aliveness Project
3808 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409

The Aliveness Project offers in-house HIV testing at the times and weekdays listed above.  For more information, contact The Aliveness Project, 612-822-5433, or visit The Aliveness Project's web site.

  • Note: several clinics and organizations offer HIV testing throughout the year. Examples include: Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN), Hennepin County Public Health Clinic, Clinic 555 Sexual Health Services, West Side Community Health Services, Teenage Medical Service (TAMS), Face-to-Face Health and Counseling Service, University Family Physicians/North Memorial, Open Door Clinic in Mankato, etc. Here are the links to find HIV testing locations:
  • The Minnesota AIDS Project AIDSLine provides clinic and organizational locations and office hours at: Metro - 612-373-AIDS; 612-373-2465 TTY; Statewide - 1-800-248-AIDS; 1-888-820-2437 TTY.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health lists their publicly funded HIV testing sites and supported outreach and HIV testing projects online.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a HIV test site locator and you can find out where to get an HIV test online by entering your Zip Code. Also, CDC has HIV testing resources and campaign materials for consumers and health providers.


Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC)

Minnesota MATEC provides health care professionals involved in the field of HIV clinical care and management with up to date educational opportunities. Minnesota MATEC is located at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. For course descriptions, schedules and registration, contact MATEC at 612-626-3609,, or visit MATEC's website.

Minnesota AIDS Project HIV/Hepatitis/Sex Ed Training Opportunities

The Minnesota AIDS Project offers a variety of trainings on the following topics: HIV Instructor Training; HIV Professional Development Course; HIV Institutes; HIV 101 Training; HIV and Hepatitis C Community Presentations; Hepatitis C and Substance Abuse; Hepatitis C Educator Training; Bloodborne Pathogens Education; Let’s Talk about Sex Training; LGBTQ Training; and, Continuing Legal Education. For the latest schedules and registration procedures, visit MAP's website.

Minnesota Department of Health – STD/HIV/TB Section

The MDH provides three different trainings regarding HIV counseling and testing:

  • Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training (1 day course)

Improve provider risk assessment and counseling skills to support their client’s behavior changes that will reduce their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. 

  • HIV Test Results Training (1 day course)

The course will discuss how to convey positive or negative HIV test results.

  • HIV Testing Data and Bloodborne Pathogen Training (4 hour course)

Provides guidance, instruction, and hands-on experience in filling out the HIV Testing System form and provides testing and needle exchange staff with their required annual OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens exposure control training.

For eligibility requirements, schedules and registration, visit the MDH website.

Teenwise Minnesota Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy, HIV and STI Prevention Programs

Teenwise Minnesota provides interactive, skills-building trainings to increase the capacity of youth-serving professionals and organizations. Teenwise Minnesota trains on a variety of evidence-based curricula. These highly interactive trainings include a copy of the curriculum, as well as accompanying materials such as student workbooks, video clips, and activity kits. The following training topics are offered: Cuidate!; Making Proud Choices; Safer Choices; Safer Sex Intervention; Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP); and, Teen Outreach Program. For course descriptions, schedules and registration, contact Teenwise at 651-644-1447,, or visit the Teenwise website.



World AIDS Day Exhibit – St. Paul
Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health
November 30 – December 5, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day
Minnesota Department of Health
First Floor Lobby – Pod B
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

Free posters, buttons, red ribbon labels, pens and key chains will be available in observance of World AIDS Day. A statewide calendar of World AIDS Day events will also be provided. For more information, contact Roy Nelson, Minnesota Department of Health, 651-201-4027 or email.

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