Medical Case Management

Medical Case Management includes the following services:
  • intake and assessment, service planning, monitoring and medical care coordination
  • attending medical visits with clients, providing education on treatment adherence
  • coordinating the insurance and financial needs as well as appropriate mental health and substance abuse referrals

To qualify for Medical Case Management services and financial assistance you must be HIV positive and earn no more than 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Free, Confidential HIV and HCV Testing

There are a variety of several rapid HIV tests currently approved by the FDA. RAAN offers three two rapid test options:

  • OraQuick HIV is an oral swab that screens for HIV antibodies in saliva and oral mucosal transudate from the cheeks and gums. Results are available in 20 minutes.
  • Clearview HIV is a finger stick test that screens for HIV antibodies in blood. Preliminary results are available in 15 minutes.
  • OraQuick HCV is a finger stick that screens for Hepatitis C antibodies in blood. Results are available in 20 minutes.
  • Results of rapid tests are either reactive or non-reactive.
  • A non-reactive test means that no antibodies were detected by the test.
  • If the test result is reactive, meaning that antibodies have been detected, a confirmatory test is required before a diagnosis of HIV or Hepatitis C infection can be given. A Western Blot test is generally used as the confirmatory test for HIV.

Click here to see if you are at increased risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.

RAAN offers Free & Confidential HIV Tests at all of our offices across Minnesota. Check out our Service Area Map and see which office is the most convenient to get tested. If you are unable to travel to our office we may be able to meet you at a different location.

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Medical Transportation Assistance

Medical Transportation Assistance is only for medically related trips and covers the following transportation options:

  • Mileage reimbursement to the client or volunteer driver
  • Bus passes
  • Taxi fares

Client Expense Reimbursement Form (PDF)
Client Transportation Policy (PDF)
Food Voucher (PDF)

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Health Education/Risk Reduction

Health Education/Risk Reduction (HE/RR) is provided to both people living with HIV/AIDS and those at-risk for HIV infection.

  • HE/RR services increase the ability of individuals living with HIV disease to better manage their health through the provision of services that educate people with HIV about HIV transmission and how to reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
  • RAAN works to assist individuals to identify their risk for HIV infection or transmission learn how to change the behavior(s) that place them and/or their partners at risk and learn how to access HIV testing and learn their HIV status.

Prevention & Education services are provided to individuals at high-risk for HIV infection as well as the population at large.

  • RAAN understands that prevention and education is the most effective way to slow and stop the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Along with education and discussing harm reduction strategies, RAAN distributes condoms, sexual responsibility kits, and safer sex materials.
  • Outreach activities are conducted where there is a high probability of reaching at-risk population and may include: community events such as PRIDE Festivals, drop-in centers, homeless shelters, emergency shelters, bars, nightclubs, and others as deemed appropriate.
  • If you are interested in having RAAN speak at your organization please call 1-800-966-9735.

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Mental Health Services

Support Group options are available to men and women living with HIV/AIDS through RAAN at our offices located throughout Minnesota; Mankato, St. Cloud, and Grand Rapids.

Mankato – 2nd Tuesday of the month from 4-6

St. Cloud – 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30

Duluth – 4th Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:30

Bemidji – 4th Thursday of the month from 3:15-5:15

  • Free meals provided at each group.
  • For location of support groups, call your local RAAN office or our central office in St. Cloud at 800-966-9735.
    Participation is available through conference call. Check with your local RAAN office or our central location in St. Cloud for participation code.
  • Topics discussed in group include, but are not limited to: education information about HIV disease and treatment, HIV disclosure in rural Minnesota, nutrition, stress reduction, self-care, harm reduction, general wellness as well as community resources.
  • Support groups are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional.
  • Additional HIV support groups in Greater Minnesota: Minnkota Calendar and MAP HIV Resource Guide

Counseling Services are available to RAAN enrolled clients, their partners and family members through a collaborative effort with Element Mental Health Services in St. Cloud. Please call Element’s toll free number to inquire about eligibility for this service, 855-260-6020. If you have any questions you may also call Michael Graham, LPC at 651-491-6294.

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Professional Training and Services

Professional Training is an important service provided by RAAN.

  • RAAN has provided training in the following settings: clinics, hospitals, social service organization, chemical dependency treatment centers, mental health treatment centers, universities and colleges, law enforcement and others
  • Topics have included: clinical updates on HIV/AIDS, HIV 101, stigma and HIV in rural Minnesota, resources for people living with HIV, assessing risk behavior and others
  • Clinical Resources

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Syringe Services Program (Duluth)

Syringe Services Program commonly known as “The Exchange” provides clean syringe exchange to injection drug users (IDU’s) in Northeastern Minnesota.  Equipment provided includes; clean syringes, tourniquets, cottons, cookers, sterile water, alcohol wipes and antibiotics.  In addition “The Exchange” provides disposal of used syringes in compliance with federal and state biohazard requirements.

This harm reduction program is a testing site for HIV and Hepatitis C disease with referrals to local infectious disease clinics for confirmatory tests and treatment for reactive results.  A users group held weekly provides a supportive and nonjudgmental environment to discuss topics pertinent to IDU’s.

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