2014 Minnesota HIV report shows increase in new cases
Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015
According to statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health, 307 confirmed new cases of HIV were reported in Minnesota during 2014. The 307 new cases represent a 2 percent increase from 2014. The Minnesota AIDS Project, the leading source for HIV information and services in Minnesota, believes that this data demonstrates the importance of HIV prevention, testing and comprehensive sex education.
The report also shows that certain communities continue to be hit harder by the disease than others, especially gay and bisexual men of all races who make up 67 percent of new cases. Among the 73 new infections among women, women of color continue to be impacted most dramatically, accounting for 80 percent of new cases among women.
These statistics demonstrate that there is a great deal of work to be done to encourage all communities to know their status through testing and quickly connect to care when a positive diagnosis is received. Education, outreach and testing, combined with accessible health care, are all vital in reducing the risk of transmission.
“Three hundred seven new cases of HIV is completely unacceptable. In 2015 there is absolutely no reason to continue to see so many people infected by HIV,” said Matt Toburen, Director of Public Policy and Prevention at the Minnesota AIDS Project.
The prevention, testing, education, and connection to health care provided by the Minnesota AIDS Project are a critical piece of a community wide effort to stop HIV in all communities. “We have the tools and the knowledge to cut new infections in half but we lack the political will and funding to make it happen. Funding for HIV prevention in Minnesota is at the lowest levels since the 1990’s. We call on our political leaders to commit to making the fight against HIV a priority in Minnesota,” urged Toburen.
The Minnesota AIDS Project, along with community partners, is working toward a comprehensive statewide HIV prevention plan that is well resourced to make a difference in all communities at risk for infection
Minnesota AIDS Project envisions a Minnesota where new HIV infections are eliminated and individual
Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2015
Take a look at the incredible work Minnesota AIDS Project did toward that vision in 2014.
Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!
Give to the Max Day 2014
Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Now until Give to the Max Day on November 13, a donation of any size will be matched by our board of directors, up to $10,000.
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Welcome Linda Ewing
Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014
Minnesota AIDS Project is pleased to welcome Linda Ewing as Interim Executive Director.
Linda is an experienced CEO of nonprofit organizations and has an established a successful consulting career at Cincinnatus, a Minneapolis-based multi-sector consulting firm dedicated to helping their clients achieve their strategic goals.
Prior to joining Cincinnatus, Linda was President and CEO of Special Olympics Minnesota for 15 years. Under her leadership, Special Olympics Minnesota achieved substantial growth and quality improvement, resulting in the organization’s consistent ranking among the top five percent, in all benchmarks, of Special Olympics programs throughout the U.S.
Linda earned her B.A. degree in English Literature from the College of St. Catherine and received her MBA in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She furthered her education by completing studies in Leadership Theory and Development at the Greensboro, North Carolina-based Center for Creative Leadership.