Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Program

508 Kennedy St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20011

 Integrated care for the prevention of HIV & Hepatitis C infections 

About Us

The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Program helps increase awareness about care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD) who are at risk for HIV or are HIV positive who receive HIV related services or treatment.

The program is funded through a federal Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration grant as part of the Congressional Minority AIDS Initiative, which was developed to improve HIV-related health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and to reduce HIV-related health disparities.

We have bilingual staff available on-site, phone, or email. See our hours of operations to make an appointment for your free, confidential test.


MAI seeks to increase awareness that the rate of HIV and Hepatitis C infections in our community are increasing but can be reduced with education and free testing. MAI is also in partnership with our in-house programs such as Yo Creo En Mí (I Believe in Myself), an outpatient behavioral health program that offers specialized services to Hispanic/Latino adults living with mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders who are underinsured or lack health insurance.


Services are available to any individual in need of care, including, but not limited to people with the following:

  • Adults over 18 years of age
  • Latina women and Latino men
  • Men who have sex with men
  • LGBTQ+
  • Re-entry populations
  • Those experiencing homelessness
  • Sex workers
  • Uninsured

Services Provided

  • Rapid testing for HIV & Hepatitis C
  • Referrals to treatment and education on reducing risk of infection
  • Free condoms
  • Substance use recovery counseling & outpatient substance use recovery programming
  • Referrals to other VOACC services as needed

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 9AM – 3PM

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