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.

National Asian/Pacific Islander AIDS/HIV Awareness Day

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 19, 2015

May 19 is National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Leadership for this awareness day is coordinated by The Banyan Tree Project, a national campaign to end stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Between 2005 and 2014, 56 Asian/Pacific Islanders were diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin. As of December 2014, 77 Asians had been reported with HIV, were alive, and presumed to be living in Wisconsin. About half of all Asians with HIV live in Milwaukee County, one-fifth in Dane County, and the rest reside in other counties. For information about HIV among Asians in Wisconsin, see the recently released Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Surveillance Annual Review, which can be accessed here, where information about HIV among Asians in Wisconsin is located on page 38.

Additional information about HIV infection among Asians in the United States, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is available here. For information on HIV infection, including where and how to get tested for HIV in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral Center (IRC) website here 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, 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: May 12, 2015