Positive Link

Five men smiling

Positive Link is a program of the Minnesota AIDS Project that provides education and support for gay and bisexual men who are living with HIV. Every month, we host social and educational events to bring members of our community together. We also help people living with HIV to get connected to local resources, programs, and clinics. We want to bring you the most current and scientifically accurate information about living with HIV and other aspects of sexual health. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for years, Positive Link has something to offer you.

Communications

  • Facebook Group: Positive Link has a secret Facebook group that has more than 290 members. The group is a resource for informing clients of upcoming events and for staff to share HIV and other health related information. It’s also a place where clients can find social support. The group allows clients to maintain a degree of anonymity since only group members have access to postings and events.
  • Email Newsletter: On the last Friday of each month, we send out an electronic newsletter to more than 400 program participants with information about what they can look forward to over the next two months. 

Programming 

Individual Client Meetings: We can meet with you one on one to help you learn about safe sex and risk reduction. All meetings are confidential. We can also help you get connected to services and make referrals.

Disclosure Dialogues Workshops: These multi-part workshops help participants navigate how to build healthy relationships with people in their lives through guided discussions focused on identifying stressors and effective decision making skills for life's many situations with family, friends and intimate partners. The series uses fun, interactive group activities, film-quality clips and discussion to help build  problem solving and coping skills around HIV disclosure.

Wednesday Night Suppor+ Discussion Groups: These peer-facilitated discussion groups meet twice a month on Wednesday evenings in a a safe-space for gay and bisexual men living with HIV get together to learn more about a range of topics. The 1st Wednesday of the month topic is focused on issues relevant to those living with HIV less than 5 years. The 3rd Wednesday of the month includes topics relevant to long-term survivors and those living with HIV (more than 5 years). A sample of topics include:

  • Living with HIV
  • Disclosure (communicating with friends, family and partners)
  • Nutrition and body image
  • Intimacy and relationships
  • Stigma management/reduction
  • HIV treatment
  • Building social support
  • Mental health management
  • Sexual health and risk-reduction

Educational Workshops for Clients and Staff: Positive Link staff and volunteers plan and coordinate free dinners at local restaurants where experts present about HIV related issues.

Hi-5 Social Activities: Positive Link staff and or volunteers promote and host social activities such as cookouts, movie nights, ice skating, bowling, and visits to the Macy’s flower show.

Positive Link Calendar: 

  • Friday, September 29 - Movie Night at MAP
  • Tuesday, October 3 - HIV Disclosure and the Law
  • Wednesday, October 4 - Suppor+ for Newly Diagnosed
  • Saturday, October 7 - Hi-5 Brunch at The LowBrow
  • Wednesday, October 11 - Social Suppor+ Coffee Night
  • Monday, October 16 - ‘OUT North’ Official Viewing Party at MAP
  • Wednesday, October 18 - Long-Term Survivor Suppor+
  • Wednesday, October 25 - Core Group
  • Friday, October 27 - Movie Night at MAP
  • Monday, October 30- MAP Presentation: Benefits Counseling
  • Wednesday, November 1 - Suppor+ Group
  • Saturday, November 4 - Hi-5 Drag Brunch at LUSH
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Social Suppor+ Coffee Night
  • Wednesday, November 15 - Long-Term Survivor Suppor+
  • Thursday, November 16 - Gilead Presents: Treatment as Prevention
  • Friday, November 17 - Movie Night at MAP
  • Wednesday, November 29 - Core Group

If you are interested in getting involved with Positive Link, call the AIDSLine at 612-373-2437; email at [email protected]; or text AIDSLine to 839863.