Syringe Exchange

IDU VanMainline, the Minnesota AIDS Project's mobile syringe exchange program began in 1995 with a green and white van refurbished to create an inside office for clients to meet with staff for syringe exchange, testing and referrals to services. The service was primarily mobile with staff meeting clients in locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area. More recently, the program upgraded its outreach vehicle and services. The new white van is a refurbished ambulance with two client meeting spaces. Mainline continues to offer to meet clients to exchange syringes but now primarily operates using fixed sites. Information on our current fixed sites including a schedule, locations map and staff contact information are listed below. Note: the white van is not currently available. Please obtain services inside the building until further notice.

Mainline services include:

  • Syringe exchange and disposal
  • Condoms and safer sex and injection supplies to reduce risk
  • HIV and HCV counseling, testing and referral
  • Connection to HIV medical care and services
  • HIV and HCV risk reduction education and assessments
  • Referrals for substance abuse treatment, support groups and basic needs

Monday - Thursday: 11am-1pm, 3pm-4:30pm
Friday: 11am-1pm

All exchanges inside the Minnesota AIDS Project building.



Contact Mainline

Do you have questions related to injecting drugs, syringe exchange, or HIV testing? If so, contact:

The Mainline program at 612–889–6396.

The Minnesota AIDS Project's syringe exchange program collects used syringes from clients enrolled in the program and stores them in industry approved bio–hazard containers until they are collected by an authorized sharps disposal company.



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