serves African immigrants and refugees with culturally and
linguistically appropriate HIV/AIDS education and social services.
Founded in Minnesota in 2002, SAYFSM is a 501(c)3 multipurpose human
2013 Minnesota AIDS Walk
Team SAYFSM walked to raise
awareness of HIV and to support African immigrants and refugees living with or
impacted by HIV/AIDS. More than 15 staff, friends, and family walked
on that beautiful day. Thanks to all who participated and all those who
supported our team!
HIV Testing and HIV Testing Outreach
SAYFSM was awarded funding from
the Minnesota Department of Health for Outreach and Testing for 2013 and 2014. HIV
testing is available at the SAYFSM office or individuals may choose to receive
the test at a location of their choosing.
All testing is performed discreetly and confidentially.
The Project uses broadcast media
with various communities’ peer leaders to encourage testing and safer sex
practices. Services include individual
risk assessments, counseling, and testing for HIV infection.
Peer 2 Peer Program
As of August 31, 2013, SAYFSM ended
its contract with the MN Department of Human Services. Although the agency is no longer running a
Peer to Peer program, much was gained from our outreach efforts through this
program. We will continue to use what we
have learned to better serve African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.
Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.
We serve all Africans regardless of country of origin, culture, language, and religion.