Living with HIV

Prevention and Harm Reduction

Rainbow Health uses a harm reduction approach to working with our clients. What this means is that we affirm individuals who may want our services but are not interested in an abstinence-only model.

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas that are aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use and higher-risk sexual behavior.

Harm Reduction is also a social justice movement that respects the rights of people who use drugs and engage in higher-risk sexual behavior.

PrEP

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is a new tool in the HIV prevention toolbox. We can help you determine whether PrEP is right for you, and provide FREE access to PrEP including online doctor visits, at-home labs, prescriptions, and home delivery.

Syringe Exchange

Rainbow Health offers an injection drug outreach program, called Mainline, that reduces the risk of getting HIV. We provide access to unused syringes, education, and HIV prevention and care services.

Resources for Living with HIV

Peer Support

Rainbow Health offers peer support groups for people living with HIV.

Risk Reduction

Rainbow Health provides free PrEP and operates our own Syringe Exchange.

Assistance

Rainbow Health provides housing, transportation, financial, insurance, and legal assistance.

Care Coordination

Rainbow Health provides medical and mental health care management and coordination.

Learn About HIV

At Rainbow Health, our goal is to educate all Minnesotans about HIV and reduce the stigma associated with an HIV diagnosis. Everyone can and should take steps to know their status, to help stop the spread of HIV, and to eliminate HIV stigma.

COVID-19 and Living with HIV

As community contractors with the Minnesota Department of Health, we have worked closely at the state level to support LGBTQ+ folks and those living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our fully staffed, COVID-specific hotline can be reached at 612-254-0116.

AIDSLine

The Minnesota AIDSLine is Minnesota’s statewide information and referral service that can answer your questions about HIV and link you to help. You can reach the AIDSLine at 612-373-2437; email: aidsline@rainbowhealth.org; or text AIDSLine to 839863.