HIV: General Overview

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The Wisconsin HIV Program assumes public health responsibilities for the following programs and activities:

The Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation Program monitors reported cases of HIV infection and AIDS. It compiles epidemiologic information and actively solicits case reports through formal contacts with laboratories, clinicians, and health care facilities.

The Counseling, Testing, and Referral Program is a statewide network of HIV antibody counseling, testing, and referral services staffed by trained counselors in local agencies. Clients receive risk assessment, personalized risk reduction education, free or low-cost testing, and referral for medical and supportive services.

HIV Partner Services (PS) offers assistance to people reported with AIDS and HIV infection in notifying sexual and needle-sharing partners that they may be at risk for HIV infection. PS staff notify partners of possible risk exposures without disclosing the identity of the infected partner. PS staff provide clients with HIV access to free, voluntary, and confidential counseling, testing, and referral for medical and support services.

Prevention Education and Risk Reduction activities are directed to individuals and communities at risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV. Examples of targeted groups include men who have sex with men, people who are at risk because they inject and use drugs, communities of color, women who are at-risk, people with HIV, and people who are incarcerated. Prevention education focuses on maintaining and sustaining positive health behaviors.

Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act activities focus on development, organization, coordination, and operation of effective and cost-efficient systems to deliver services to people and families with HIV. Life Care Services are provided through a network of AIDS service and community-based organizations that coordinate case management for persons with HIV. Staff provide support services to infected people, their friends, family members, and care providers. The Early Intervention Program provides people recently diagnosed with HIV prompt and early access to needed medical care and related services.

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) subsidizes the cost of expensive, HIV-related treatment medications for people with HIV who have limited financial resources.

The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Insurance Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of continuation group or individual health insurance for qualified people who are unable to continue working on a temporary or permanent basis because of an HIV-related condition.

Last Revised: January 17, 2019