Commemorating World AIDS Day in Minnesota on Dec. 1

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World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

This year, many organizations around Minnesota are hosting activities or events for World AIDS Day, including:

Sunday, Dec. 1

Monday, Dec. 2

  • Rapid HIV Testing
    Rochester Public Library - Meeting Room B, 101 2nd St. S.E., Rochester, MN (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
    Free, confidential rapid HIV testing to individuals ages 13+. Educational materials and condoms will be available. The first 100 participants will receive a gift card.
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness World AIDS Day
    NorthPoint Health and Wellness, 1313 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
    Walk-in HIV testing 9 a.m.-5 p.m., interactive resource tables 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., documentary and discussion (at 1256 Penn Ave. N. building), 5th floor, noon – 1 p.m. All are open to public.
  • Indigenous Peoples Task Force's World Aids Day
    All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
    The Indigenous Peoples Task Force will host an event to pray for those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS (offer sacred tobacco “aseema” into a fire in prayer), be educated on ways to protect themselves against HIV, get tested for HIV and break the stigma surrounding HIV.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

  • World Tour of the Nations
    East Side Family Clinic, 895 E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN (4 – 8 p.m.)
    Free walk-in HIV testing, food from around the world, hot chocolate bar and bingo with prizes. Open to public.


This list was compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health in cooperation with the organizations listed with events.