Free HIV Testing in Minnesota

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Minnesota is a U.S state situated in the Midwestern region of the country. According to the census data, the state is the 12th largest area with a population of 5.7 million according to the census data, 2020. The state has been ranked as the 22nd most populated state of the country. Most of the residents of Minnesota are white Americans, followed by individuals from Hispanic, Asian, and African backgrounds.

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Why Testing Matters?

The very first case of HIV was discovered in Congo in the 1950s, and it took three decades for the virus to finally come to the United States. In 1981 the first case of HIV was reported in the United States. Due to the widespread and life-threatening effects of the disease, HIV has been declared a global epidemic. Due to the recent advances in modern medicine and medical technologies, health authorities have successfully reduced the number of new diagnoses and improved the conditions of life of people living with HIV.

All Minnesota residents must remain fully aware of their sexual health status. It is now extremely easy to get tested for HIV as statewide HIV testing clinics are established that offer confidential HIV testing. Now you can get your test result within twenty minutes. Moreover, there are home HIV test kits are available at drug stores and pharmacies. If you live in Minnesota and haven’t been tested for HIV previously, you can qualify for a free at-home rapid HIV test kit. Or else, you can request your doctor for confidential HIV test when you go for your routine medical visit. Also, a majority of insurance plans now cover HIV testing.

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HIV In Minnesota

According to the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) data from the state health profile of Minnesota 2015, an estimated number of 287 adults and adolescents were newly diagnosed with HIV in the state. Considering the newly diagnosed cases, Minnesota was ranked 28th of the 50 U.S states for having the largest number of new HIV cases. Despite the initiatives by the health authorities in the state, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases has somehow remained the same.

HIV/AIDS epidemiological profile indicates that in comparison to the rest of the country, Minnesota is considered a low to moderate HIV/AIDS incidence state. According to the same report, an estimated 7988 individuals were living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota. Of these people, 4221 makes 53% live with HIV, while 3767, 47% live with AIDS in Minnesota.

As mentioned above, CDC ranked Minnesota 28th of the 50 U.S states for having the largest HIV cases in 2015. The newly diagnosed cases during the same year were 287. Comparing the HIV statistics through the years, another report by AIDSVu indicates that by 2018, the total number of people living with HIV in the state was 8575. The newly diagnosed cases in the same year were 288.

Independent sources indicated that during 2021, many cases of HIV outbreaks were reported in the state. Despite being in the minority in the state, Black/African Americans made up sixty-nine percent of all diagnoses of HIV/AIDS in the state during 2020.

Age, Gender and Ethnic Disparities

According to data from AIDSVu, in 2018, 8575 individuals were living with HIV in Minnesota. Of the total numbers, 288 were newly diagnosed during the same year. The rate of people living with HIV per 100,000 population in 2018 was 184.

Out of the total people living with HIV in the state, 75.1% were males, while 24.9% were females. 45.2% of the people living with HIV were white Americans, 36% black Americans, and 10.8% individuals from Hispanic backgrounds.

According to the same report, HIV was most prevalent in people age 55 years and above (31.9%), followed by 28.7% cases from the age group 45 to 54 years, 21% cases from 35 to 44 years and 14.9% and 2.9 from age group 13 to 34 years.

In 2018 the total HIV-related deaths were 82, and the rate of HIV-related mortalities per 100,000 population in the state was 2. According to the same report, the most popular transmission mode of the virus in males was male to male or gay sexual contact (77.2%). Only 5 % of the spread was reported due to the use of contaminated syringes. In females, heterosexual contact accounted for 81% of the cases, while 13.7% were reported due to the injection or use.

HIV Initiatives in Minnesota

Due to the life-threatening impacts of HIV/AIDS, health authorities across the country have been working to reduce the cases of HIV/AIDS, providing testing and diagnostic facilities, treatment, and overall improving the living conditions of people living with HIV/AIDS.

In collaboration with various agencies working for HIV/AIDS in the state, the Minnesota department of health works on several projects to create awareness regarding the virus and promote ways to prevent the spread of the virus. The organization initiates projects such as condom distribution and syringe exchanges.

Rainbow Health Initiative is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2000. The organization has several community activists, health care professionals, health advocates, and the state's residents. The objective of this organization is to improve the health and living conditions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer residents of Minnesota. The organization provides education, clinical, and advocacy services.

Red Door Clinic is the largest HIV and STD testing clinic in Minnesota. The clinic provides testing, primary treatment, case management, and educational services for HIV and other STDs. With the organization's funds from the Ryan White Part B initiative, the red door clinic provides insurance and financial assistance services to low-income people living with HIV.

Youth & AIDS is yet another program that provides individual risk assessment, risk reduction, counseling services to HIV-positive individuals. The program also provides essential medical services to the HIV/AIDS patients of Minnesota.


Reviewed by Debby R, MD. Last updated on Jan 13, 2022