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HIV

HIV is a virus that weakens the body’s ability to fight off illnesses, and can lead to AIDS. HIV usually spreads during anal or vaginal sex or sharing needles, cookers or cottons. Only certain body fluids can spread HIV: usually infected blood, semen, rectal fluids and vaginal fluids.

Some people develop flu-like symptoms two to four weeks after infection, but most people don’t have any symptoms for many years.

Get the rapid HIV test

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

We’ll take blood from your finger and give you your results during your visit. Results are confidential.

Protect against HIV: PrEP and PEP

Red Door offers medication (Truvada) that helps protect against HIV infection. This medication, along with condom use, safer sex counseling, and routine testing for sexually transmitted infections, can help reduce your risk of getting HIV.

PrEP is a daily pill for people who don’t have HIV but are at high risk of getting it.

PEP is a pill for people who don’t have HIV but have a high likelihood of having been exposed to it within the last 72 hours.  

Contact Red Door to ask if PrEP or PEP could be right for you. Call 612-348-9100 or email him@hennepin.us. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Get support if you’re HIV positive

We connect people living with HIV to medical care. We provide a list of HIV health care providers in the community and help you make appointments.

If you’re new to Minnesota, Red Door can help you find care and supportive services.

Red Door offers the Positive Perspectives support group, for people living with HIV. Find out more about Positive Perspectives and other programs for Minnesotans living with HIV. Visit Red Door’s CAPS program website.

Red Door offers programs and support for men who have sex with men. Visit Red Door’s HIM program website.

If you have HIV, we recommend telling your sexual partner(s) so they can get tested and treated. Red Door has specially trained staff who can find and notify your sexual partners. Ask about partner notification when you come in for testing. You can also notify partners using an online partner notification tool. Visit inSpot.

If you’re pregnant

Women who are HIV positive can spread the infection to their unborn babies, or during childbirth or breastfeeding.

Go to your pregnancy health care provider, such as an obstetrician or gynecologist. If you don’t have a provider, call the United Way for a referral at 651-291-0211 or call 211 from a land line.