Minority AIDS Initiative Program

Minority AIDS Initiative Program

Integrated care for the prevention of HIV & Hepatitis C infections


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 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 VOA services as needed

The MAI program provides care and support regardless of consumers' ability to pay. Support is offered to men, women and children who are underserved, have low incomes, are insured, uninsured or have Medicaid; and those who are active duty military or veterans.


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
  • LGBTQ2
  • Re-entry populations
  • Those experiencing homelessness
  • Sex workers
  • Uninsured

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 9AM – 3PM


We're located at the VOA Hope Center (DC)!

508 Kennedy St NW, 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20011

See other services offered through the VOA Hope Center by clicking the button below:

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For general inquiries, please contact us at the phone number or email below:
Phone: (202) 223-9630