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.

 Aging Awareness Day. September 18th.
September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Each year on September 18, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is observed to call attention to the challenges that older Americans face in terms of HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment.

The age of persons living with HIV (PLWH) has increased with treatment advances. At the end of 2017, 49% of the 7,123 of people reported and presumed to be living with HIV in Wisconsin were aged 50 or older. For the most part, these individuals were diagnosed at an earlier age and are now living longer. However, older people in the United States are more likely than younger people to be diagnosed late in the course of their disease, which means they start treatment late and possibly suffer more immune system damage. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with late stage infection (AIDS) at the time of HIV diagnosis. Individuals who are diagnosed earlier and who stay in care can become virally suppressed. Virally suppressed means that the level of HIV found in blood is undetectable. PLWH who are virally suppressed cannot transmit HIV sexually. Based on testing that took place in 2017, 95% of PLWH in Wisconsin, ages 50 and older, were virally suppressed compared to 89% of those younger than age 50. 

For more information regarding HIV infection in older persons and the challenges they face, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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.


Information regarding the Wisconsin HIV Program
Looking for HIV information or services in Wisconsin?

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Last Revised: September 14, 2018