Our mission is to encourage self-empowerment and
provide direct services for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Our Peer Program and Outreach staff are here to help you get set up with an HIV doctor, case manager and give you any other referrals you may need. We are also here to help you identify and overcome barriers to medical care. You can call Angelikah Overton or Tom Bichanga at 612-822-7946 ext. 214 or call or text Josh Conrade at 612-839-2414 and set up a time to come in. If you can’t get to The Aliveness Project, we can come to you or meet you somewhere else. You can also contact us via email. To find our email addresses just click on our names.
The Peer Program and Outreach Program provide an array of other services as well, including HIV education and HIV testing. You can find more information here.
We understand how difficult and confusing it can be when you are newly diagnosed. We would like to offer you encouragement and welcome you to come in and join us when you feel ready. In the meantime, our staff and members have offered these tips to help you in this difficult time:
First, remember that you are not alone! Other people have gone through similar situations and will be happy to help you out. Educate yourself about your illness as you feel ready to learn. Realize that while some people are anxious to learn everything they can about their illness right away, others – yourself included – may need some time to mentally and emotionally adjust to your new situation. Only take on what you feel ready for.
Find a doctor that you feel comfortable with. While it’s important for everyone to feel comfortable with their health care provider, it is more so for you because you will have such a close relationship with them. The choice is yours! Talk to a case manager about which doctors may be recommended in your area. Set up consultations with various doctors, if you can. Remember that this step is key; your health depends on it.
Find support. For many people, a diagnosis of HIV can seem crippling and will likely leave you with many confusing questions and emotions. Remember that there is no need to carry this alone. Disclosing your status to someone will help to ease your mental turmoil. Find a group outside your family and friends if you feel it’s necessary.
Know that there are plenty of resources for you when you are ready! One wonderful event, the You Are Not Alone conference, is one such resource. This conference, which occurs twice a year in April and October, is designed specifically with you in mind. The conference includes some general HIV education as well as individuals’ personal stories about living with HIV. To get more information about similar resources, you may call the Archdiocesan AIDS Ministry at (612) 672-4345.
Attain a copy of the HIV Resource Guide. (You can call us for a copy if you’re having trouble finding it.) Inside it, you’ll find an incredible amount of information about local agencies and groups which exist just to help you out. The AIDSLine is also another valuable resource for anyone looking for more information about HIV or HIV-related issues.
And, of course, know that our agency is there for you whenever you need us. Please feel free to call us anytime you need more information or assistance, and know we care about your well-being.