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Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the stateís public health response to the AIDS/HIV epidemic.


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National Gay Menís HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 27, 2014

National Gay Menís HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed on September 27, commemorates and recommits efforts to address the profound impact of HIV/AIDS on gay men. Gay and bisexual men of all races continue to be the risk group most severely affected by HIV.

Male-to-male sexual exposure has always accounted for the majority of cases of HIV in Wisconsin. Men who have sex with men (MSM), including MSM who also inject drugs (MSM/IDU), accounted for an estimated 77% of HIV diagnoses in 2013. Paralleling national trends, young Black MSM is the population that has experienced the largest increase in new diagnoses in the past decade in Wisconsin. In 2013, half of Black MSM diagnosed with HIV had not yet reached their 24th birthday when they were diagnosed.

An estimated 4,600 MSM (including MSM/IDU) are living with HIV in Wisconsin, including those unaware of their infection. One-in-three (32%) Black MSM is estimated to be HIV-positive, compared to 8% of Hispanic and 3% of White MSM. Females and non-MSM males of all racial groups have an HIV prevalence of less than 0.5%.

Additional information on the impact of HIV/AIDS on gay men and information resources supporting National Gay Menís HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are available on the web at




 First Comprehensive Clinical Guidelines on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

On May 14, 2014, the US Public Health Service released the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for PrEP (PDF, 868 KB). The new guidelines recommend a daily HIV preventive medication for persons at substantial risk of HIV infection, as identified in the guidelines. When taken daily as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the clinical guidelines and a variety of resource materials for clinicians and consumers, including web-based facts sheets and videos, on web at (Exit DHS).

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Looking for HIV/AIDS information or related services in Wisconsin?

The Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral Center (IRC) provides information and referral for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and hepatitis services in Wisconsin. 

Contact the IRC toll-free at 800-334-2437 or visit the IRC website at (Exit DHS)



Looking for information about the Affordable Care Act?

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program developed the paper Affordable Care Act: Implications for Persons Living with HIV Infection to provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Insurance Marketplace and considerations for persons living with HIV infection.

The following are additional web-based information resources for consumers and providers regarding the ACA and implications for persons living with HIV:

Information for Consumers (exit DHS)

Information for Providers (exit DHS)

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Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report
This new report provides baseline data for the health focus areas in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. It also provides information to document a range of health disparities found for some of the populations and communities in Wisconsin. Of particular interest is baseline data for the health focus area of reproductive and sexual health and data summaries for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations.

Information regarding the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program:


Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention Web Advisory
This site may contain HIV prevention messages that some viewers may consider controversial.

Last Revised: September 19, 2014