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Health and Wellness

Our Health & Wellness Program focuses on helping people living with HIV/AIDS learn how to stay healthy and self-sufficient. With the changing landscape of HIV treatment, Aliveness members need to stay up to date! The more you know about HIV, the less scary it becomes, so find out as much you can.

The Health and Wellness program offers workshops designed to:

  •  Educate HIV+ individuals about their HIV status and what it means for daily life..
  •  Empower HIV+ individuals to advocate for themselves with physicians and other service providers.
  •  Increase the understanding of safer-sex practices and healthy communication patterns with sexual partners.
  •  Encourage HIV+ individuals to live each day fully ALIVE and VIBRANT!

The Health & Wellness Program invites health professionals such as doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, dietitians, and educators to give presentations for members. Topics range from clinical medical content to holistic wellness information. Sessions typically last 1-2 hours and are offered at a variety of times to accommodate members with different schedules. Some presentations include a free catered or off-site meal, while others offer a small giftcard incentive for attendance.

For privacy reasons, our member health workshops are not open to the general public. Members may bring a guest to some workshops, but that depends on the topic and available seating. Please call to inquire if you are interested in bringing a guest. No children or pets, please.

Don’t forget sign up in advance by calling the front desk at (612) 822-7946 – our events fill up quickly!  For more information, please contact our Health and Wellness Program Coordinator at 612-822-LIFE (5433), extension 213, or by e-mail at wellness@aliveness.org.

Here’s what Aliveness members have to say about Health & Wellness Program workshops:

I’ve been living with HIV/AIDS for 27 years and have been challenged with side effects from medications, neuropathy, wasting syndrome, lipodystrophy, lipoatrophy, two types of cancer, and depression (just to name a few)! HIV is a very complicated disease to live with and these workshops give me tools to deal with it. I’ve been to workshop that I thought wouldn’t apply to me, but actually did. I always learn things at these.
-John

I was struggling and stressing every day at the thought of starting HIV meds. After a workshop, I felt like a light went off and a stress lifted from my heart. I now have become okay with starting meds. Instead of being depressed about it, I’ve become so positive with the thought of the meds saving my life! I not only learn so much through a live speaker (I tend to forget a lot I’ve read), but I can socialize with others going through the same thing. Getting to know the other members better helps my heart.
-Sarah

Aliveness workshops help me get out of the house, learn something, meet people, and survive longer!
-Juan

The topics are great! At a session on mental health, it was a relief to hear that depression is not your fault. Another one I liked was a workshop on wills that showed us resources to write and set up a will, and also explained why we need to have one.
-James

I attend Health & Wellness workshops to keep up on existing medications and learn more about what’s coming out. It’s reassuring to know that meds keep getting safer and there new options coming down the pipeline. It’s also great getting to talk about meds with someone besides my doctor. Hearing other people’s experiences with medication helps me have good discussions with my doctor and learn to ask questions.
-Darius

New HIV Diagnosis Resources

At The Aliveness Project, 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 and join us when you feel ready.

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.

Please call or text Tom Bichanga at 612-839-2414, Angelikah Overton at 612-886-5708 or Hanna Dorn at 612-886-5703. You may also reach us in the office at 612-822-7946 or by 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.

Resources and Information for Newly Diagnosed

After You’ve Tested Positive (English):
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

After You’ve Tested Positive Spanish:
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

AIDSLine: Calls answered Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm
612–373–2437 (Metro)
800–248–2437 (Toll Free)

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Newly Diagnosed Resources

At The Aliveness Project, 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 and join us when you feel ready.

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.

Please call or text Tom Bichanga at 612-839-2414, Angelikah Overton at 612-886-5708 or Hanna Dorn at 612-886-5703. You may also reach us in the office at 612-822-7946 or by 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.

Resources and Information for Newly Diagnosed

After You’ve Tested Positive (English):
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

After You’ve Tested Positive Spanish:
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

AIDSLine: Calls answered Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm
612–373–2437 (Metro)
800–248–2437 (Toll Free)

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