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General Overview

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program assumes public health responsibilities for the following programs and activities. For additional information, click on the highlighted headings.

The Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation Program monitors reported cases of HIV infection and AIDS. It compiles epidemiologic information and actively solicits case reports through formal contacts with laboratories, clinicians, and health care facilities.

The Counseling, Testing, and Referral Program is a statewide network of HIV antibody counseling, testing, and referral services staffed by trained counselors in local agencies. Clients receive risk assessment, personalized risk reduction education, free or low-cost testing, and referral for medical and supportive services.

HIV Partner Services (PS) offers persons reported with AIDS and HIV infection assistance in notifying sexual and needle-sharing partners that they may be at risk for HIV infection. PS staff notify partners of possible risk exposures without disclosing the identity of the infected partner. PS provide clients with HIV access to free, voluntary and confidential counseling, testing, and referral for medical and support services.

Prevention Education and Risk Reduction activities target individuals and communities at risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV. Examples of targeted groups include men who have sex with men, injection and other drug users, communities of color, at risk women, HIV positive persons, and incarcerated individuals. Prevention education focuses on maintaining and sustaining positive health behaviors.

Life Care Services are provided through a network of AIDS service and community-based organizations that coordinate case management for persons with HIV infection. Staff provide support services to infected persons, their friends, family members, and care providers. The Early Intervention Program provides persons recently diagnosed with HIV infection prompt and early access to needed medical care and related services.

Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act activities focus on development, organization, coordination, and operation of effective and cost-efficient systems to deliver services to people and families with HIV.

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Drug Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of expensive, HIV-related treatment medications for HIV-infected persons with limited financial resources.

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Insurance Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of continuation group or individual health insurance for qualified persons who are unable to continue working on a temporary or permanent basis because of an AIDS/HIV-related condition.

Last Revised: November 20, 2014