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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December 1 Is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1 to commemorate the global, national, and local impact of the AIDS epidemic. It is a day when communities focus on increasing HIV awareness and public education efforts, while honoring and remembering those who have been affected by HIV.

The AIDS epidemic is far from over. The number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable over the past decade. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level—particularly among certain groups.

Globally, an estimated 36.9 million people were living with HIV in 2014, approximately 2 million became newly infected, and an estimated 1.2 million died from AIDS-related illnesses. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1,218,400 people aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 156,300 who are presumed to be unaware of their infection.

At the close of 2014, there were 6,899 people presumed to be alive and living with HIV in Wisconsin. Because an estimated 14% of people living with HIV are unaware they have HIV infection, the total number of people living with HIV in Wisconsin is approximately 8,024.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services supports a full range of services that focus on HIV prevention, early diagnosis of HIV infection, linkage to and ongoing engagement in medical care, and support services. The Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Strategy identifies priority efforts directed at meeting HIV-related prevention and care needs in Wisconsin.

For additional information, see the following:

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 http://www.arcw.org/aidsline or call the IRC toll-free at 800-334-2437.

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 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, at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/prevention/research/prep.

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 http://www.arcw.org/aidsline.

Looking for information about the Affordable Care Act?

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program developed two papers regarding the Affordable Care Act. The first one, Affordable Care Act: Implications for Persons Living with HIV Infection (PDF,  358 KB) , provided an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Insurance Marketplace and considerations for persons living with HIV infection. The second paper, 2015 Marketplace Open Enrollment and Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions: Implications for Individuals with and without Health Insurance (PDF,  86 KB) , was released in November 2014 and provides updated information regarding the 2015 marketplace open enrollment and related ACA tax provisions. 

Information regarding the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program:

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Last Revised: November 19, 2015