2015 Minnesota HIV report shows we are failing communities of color, young gay men
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
One new HIV infection in Minnesota is one too many
MINNEAPOLIS, MN April 27, 2016 – According to statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health, 294 confirmed new cases of HIV were reported in Minnesota during 2015. The Minnesota AIDS Project, the leading source for HIV information and services in Minnesota, believes that this data shows the continued failure of Minnesota leaders to halt the HIV epidemic.
“Two hundred and ninety-four new cases of HIV is completely unacceptable,” said Linda Ewing, CEO of the Minnesota AIDS Project. “As a society, we have the tools and the knowledge to cut new infections in half, but we lack the investment and political will to implement them. In 2016, there is absolutely no reason to continue to see so many people infected with HIV.”
Cases among injection drug users (IDUs) increased by 86 percent in 2015. Despite this, the federal government continues to ban health programs from purchasing syringes with grant funds. This includes MAP’s Mainline syringe exchange, the state’s largest such program.
New HIV cases increased by 24 percent among 20 to 29 year olds. For more than a decade, Minnesota’s political leaders have failed to pass and implement comprehensive sex education with a strong HIV prevention focus that would give young people the knowledge they need to prevent HIV transmission.
The new cases also closely follow the disparities that communities of color experience in our region. More than half of new infections (58 percent) were among communities of color. Among women, more than half were among African-born women, and among men, one-fourth of new cases were among African American men.
These statistics show that more needs to be done in Minnesota. Communities like New York and San Francisco have infused millions into prevention, treatment, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and seen dramatic decreases in new infections as well as HIV-related deaths. Minnesota, on the other hand, has seen a continued decrease in funding for HIV prevention over the last 5 years and a rate of new HIV infections that hasn’t budged.
“The Minnesota AIDS Project is calling on government leaders to pass and implement comprehensive sex education that has a strong HIV focus, to end the ban on public funding for syringes, and to fully fund the state’s network of HIV prevention organizations,” Ewing said.
Minnesota AIDS Project is Moving
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Minnesota AIDS Project is moving to 2577 Territorial Road on the border of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
In mid-April, the Minnesota AIDS Project will be moving from our current location at 1400 Park Avenue to 2577 Territorial Road on the border of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
This move will mean easier access via transit as well as a more centralized location in in the Twin Cities. Here’s how to find us starting April 11:
● By Bus: MAP’s new location will be served by the 16, 30, and 33 at Berry Street and University Avenue, and the 63B at Territorial Road and Westgate Drive.
● By Train: MAP’s new location is one block from the Green Line Westgate Platform. From there, walk west to Berry Street. Head north on Berry then walk east on Territorial Road. There is also a service driveway just to the east of the Westgate Platform. Head one block north through the Westgate complex and you’ll see us on the right.
● By Car: From Minneapolis, take 94 East to 280 (left exit 236). Follow signs for University Avenue. Turn left on Territorial Road and then right on Westgate Drive. From St. Paul, take 94 West to University-280 (exit 236) continue on Cromwell and take a left on Territorial Rd.
Mainline, MAP’s syringe exchange program, will continue to operate in downtown Minneapolis and will be moving to Gethsemane Episcopal Church at 905 S 4th Ave just blocks from our former location.
MAP won’t be moved into our new location until April 11, so there’s plenty of time to update your address book. Again, our new address will be: 2577 Territorial Road, St. Paul, MN 55114. In addition, MAP’s phone numbers and email addresses will be staying the same. If you have any questions or need help finding us after we move in mid-April, please call the reception desk at 612-341-2060.
Nic Lincoln Dances presents “Yes, Sir”
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015
Enjoy an evening of solos danced by Nic Lincoln benefiting Minnesota AIDS Project.
Nic Lincoln will dance solos created for him by Patrick Corbin, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, James Sewell, Chris Yon and Lincoln himself. The performance will also include live musical performances by Venus de Mars and Jocelyn Hagen. Lincoln is teaming up with the Minnesota AIDS Project to heighten society’s awareness for the need of universal compassion and understanding for those who have HIV. Lincoln uses his charismatic and gusty nature to produce glossy, dynamic, and distinct dances which act as vessels to help him facilitate his activism. His philosophy contributes to his unique artistic voice and pushes the boundaries of his profession by pioneering emotionally-infused art.
Who: Nic Lincoln, Dance Artist and Activist
What: An evening of solos danced by Nic Lincoln
Where: O’Shaughnessy Theater in Saint Paul
When: October 16, 2015 at 8 pm
Why: 20% of ticket sales will be donated to the MN AIDS Project.
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