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Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program

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


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World AIDS Day – December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 and focuses globally on AIDS awareness, education, and remembrance. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recently announced that a “fast-track” approach over the next five years will allow the AIDS epidemic to end by 2030. The new UNAIDS report Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030 presents a fast-track approach to prevent nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths by 2030. Fast-track targets for 2020 include achieving 90-90-90: 90% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status; 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status on treatment; and 90% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.

In 2013, 255 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin. An additional 140 people who had been diagnosed with HIV elsewhere moved into Wisconsin, for a total of nearly 400 new reported cases. At the close of 2013, 6,758 individuals with HIV were presumed to be alive and living in Wisconsin. Based on national estimates that 16% of people living with HIV are unaware of their HIV infection, the total number of people living with HIV in Wisconsin is estimated to be approximately 8,000.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services supports a full range of HIV-related services which focus on early diagnosis of HIV infection, linkage to and ongoing engagement in medical care, and critical support services. The recently updated Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Strategy identifies priority needs for HIV-related prevention and care services in Wisconsin and which addresses the major goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

For additional information, visit the following resources on the web: (exit DHS)

UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report 2014 (exit DHS)

Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program Statistics and Reports  

 Wisconsin HIV AIDS Strategy (exit DHS; PDF, 3.5 MB)

World AIDS Campaign (exit DHS)

For information on HIV infection, including where and how to get tested for HIV, visit the Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral Center (IRC) website at (exit DHS) or call the IRC toll-free at 800-334-2437.




 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: November 24, 2014