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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National HIV Testing Day – June 27, 2017

On June 27th—National HIV Testing Day—people nationwide are encouraged to learn their HIV status. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often.

The 2017 theme for National Testing Day is "Test Your Way. Do It Today." In the United States, nearly 1.1 million persons are living with HIV and nearly one in eight are unaware they are infected. Based on these estimates, about 1,000 people in Wisconsin are unaware of their HIV infection.

Getting tested is the only way to know your HIV status. If you are HIV-positive, you can start getting treated, which can improve your health, prolong your life, and greatly lower your chance of spreading HIV to others.

The following awareness campaigns from the CDC provide information about the importance of HIV testing for specific populations and groups:

Doing It (General public)
Let’s Stop HIV Together (General public)
Positive Spin (African American or Black gay and bisexual men)
Reasons/Razones (Latino gay and bisexual men)
Start Talking. Stop HIV. (Gay and bisexual men of all races)
Testing Makes Us Stronger (African American or Black gay and bisexual men)
Take Charge. Take the Test.  (African American or Black women)

For more information about HIV testing, talk with your healthcare provider. To locate HIV resources in Wisconsin, including testing and treatment services, call 1-800-334-2437 or visit the web at http://www.arcw.org/aidsline/.

More information about HIV testing and a self-assessment tool to assess the need for testing is located on the web at https://gettested.cdc.gov/.

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/index.html.

Guide for Wisconsin PrEP Providers, P-01197

This clinical guide, P-01197 (PDF, 297 KB) summarizes the recommended practices for HIV prevention through Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) using the drug combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine (Truvada®). The guide has been compiled and reviewed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services - AIDS/HIV Program, in collaboration with experienced local HIV clinicians and other health care providers.

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.

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: June 20, 2017