Wisconsin HIV Program

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

Logo used by the National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 27

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an important call to action to further raise awareness about the effects of HIV on gay and bisexual men. Since the first cases of AIDS were reported among gay and bisexual men more than 30 years ago, no group in the United States has been more affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that while only 2% of the US population, gay and bisexual men account for more than half of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and over two-thirds of all new diagnoses each year. 

Male-to-male sexual contact has always accounted for the majority of cases of HIV in Wisconsin. Men who have sex with men (MSM), including MSM who inject drugs, accounted for an estimated 75% of HIV diagnoses in 2017. An estimated 5,000 MSM (including MSM/IDU) are living with HIV in Wisconsin, including those unaware of their infection. 

Consistent with national trends, the population experiencing the largest increase in new diagnoses in the past decade in Wisconsin is young Black MSM. One in three (35%) Black gay or bisexual men is estimated to be living with HIV in Wisconsin compared to 10% of Hispanic and 4% of White gay and bisexual men

For more information, visit the following CDC websites:

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men
HIV Among African American Gay and Bisexual Men


HIV In Real Life Campaign

Living a long healthy life with HIV

To eliminate HIV-related stigma, Wisconsin Department of Health Services has launched a media campaign, HIV In Real Life. Addressing HIV stigma is central to ending the HIV epidemic because when people experience stigma they are less likely to access HIV testing, adopt safe behaviors, or be adherent to their HIV medications. The campaign features Milwaukee community members who share their stories about staying healthy while living with HIV, staying HIV negative, and the stigma they encountered in their lives because of their diagnosis.

Visit the HIV In Real Life website. Access the HIV in Real Life Media Campaign Resource Library.


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Last Revised: September 21, 2018