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AIDS/HIV infection

HIV infection is a communicable disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which damages the body's immune system, the system that fights infections. Over time and without the immune system's protection, the body is defenseless against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases which can lead to the development of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the later stage of HIV infection.

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General information
HIV infection fact sheet
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program

Information for health professionals   
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) diseases shall be reported to the state epidemiologist within 72 hours after identification of a case or suspected case:
See: Wis Stats. Communicable Diseases 252.15 (7) (b) and DHS 145.04 (3) (b)

Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines AIDS/HIV EpiNet   

Clinician information resources: HIV testing in Wisconsin   

Warmline, PEPline, Perintal HIV Hotline National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center    

Clinical Guidelines: National Institute of Health (NIH) 

Additional resources
Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral Center 
Federal Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Programs
Food and Drug Administration

Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program Staff
Wisconsin Local Public Health Departments and Tribal Agencies

Last Revised: October 09, 2014