American Red Cross
Central Minnesota Chapter


HIV/AIDS Education


Are you someone who has been personally affected by HIV or AIDS?

Are you someone who believes that everyone deserves the right to learn science-based facts about HIV/AIDS?


Then you should become a Red Cross trained HIV/AIDS Instructor. The training sessions are designed for a fun and relaxing learning environment. You will learn how to share facts about HIV and AIDS accurately, in a nonjudgmental manner, and sensitively with people who belong to diverse groups and communities.

The HIV/AIDS Instructor Course provides the opportunity for you to learn how to openly discuss the facts about HIV/AIDS. Red Cross-trained instructors can conduct sessions of the Basic HIV/AIDS Program in your community. Participants will also learn to help people in their community develop and practice skills, which they can use in real life situations to protect themselves and others from HIV.



For more information on the next HIV/AIDS Instructor class will be held please contact Susie for more information at (320) 251-7641.



How do you get tested for HIV?
How is AIDS spread?
Can I protect myself from HIV?


If you are interested in finding out the answers to these questions, or want to gain more knowledge about HIV/AIDS, please check out one of the American Red Cross courses listed below. All courses are delivered in a factual, open, and non-judgemental approach.

The mission of the American Red Cross, as a humanitarian organization, is to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The purpose of the Red Cross HIV/AIDS Education Program is to save lives by educating the public about how to prevent the transmission of HIV. Click here to learn more on how the American Red Cross is educating people to help fight this disease.


A component of this program is called F.A.T.E. (Fighting AIDS Through Education). This group of volunteer students makes presentations in schools throughout the area. The peer education program teaches the volunteer high school students to present factual, up-to-date information, answer HIV/AIDS questions, build presentation skills and self-confidence. They learn age appropriate communication skills, as well as being nonjudgmental and culturally sensitive. The National Red Cross and F.A.T.E. recognize and respect the values of communities and individual schools, youth groups, and organizations we serve, and therefore work closely with them to make the presentation meet their needs.

Community and school (K-12) presentations are provided by trained HIV/AIDS Instructors or Peer Educators and are FREE. If you are a business who wants to educate your employees and would like a presentation, there is a fee. For more information, contact our HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator at: 1-800-560-7641

Free HIV Testing

The Central Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross offers free HIV testing - with results in 20 minutes. To schedule your confidential pain-free HIV test, or for more information, please contact Susie at (320) 251-7641.

Visit the CDC's Act Against AIDS Web site for more information:

Every 9 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV. Act Against AIDS.