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 Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed on March 10 as a day dedicated to raising awareness and taking action about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. This observance is a time when organizations and communities offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested, and how to live with and manage HIV and AIDS.

An estimated 1,560 females were living with HIV in Wisconsin as of December 2013. Rates of HIV diagnosis in females in Wisconsin have remained level over the past decade. Among females, the rate of HIV infection was more than 25-fold higher for Blacks and more than five-fold higher for Hispanics compared to Whites. Rates for American Indians and Asians fluctuate because of the small number of cases.

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.

For additional information on HIV among women and girls, visit the following websites:

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/

AIDS.gov
http://aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/women-and-girls/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/women/index.html

Greater Than AIDS
http://greaterthan.org/awareness_days/national-women-girls-hivaids-awareness-day/
 


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: March 3, 2015