The Wisconsin HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state’s public health response to the HIV epidemic.
World AIDS Day is a time for remembrance and renewed commitment to end the HIV epidemic. It is an opportunity for communities and people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.
2020 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, an epidemic that has led to nearly 700,000 U.S. lives lost and still no cure four decades later. Today, the HIV epidemic continues to grow:
- Globally, over 38 million people are living with HIV, including over 36 million adults and approximately 1.8 million children.
- Nearly 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV and 1 in 7 people do not know they are infected.
- Approximately 7,900 people are living with HIV in Wisconsin, including over 6,740 individuals reported with HIV and presumed to be alive, as well as 1,100 individuals who are estimated to be unaware that they have HIV.
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, Wisconsin has been committed to supporting community-based efforts and community partnerships to achieve an end to the HIV epidemic. The Wisconsin Integrated HIV Plan 2017-2021 is a statewide plan that focuses on committing resources to the right people, in the right places, and with the right actions. The 2019 Progress Report of the Wisconsin Integrated Plan highlights successes and areas for improvement as Wisconsin continues to work at ending the HIV epidemic.
For information and resources about World AIDS Day, visit the HIV.gov website. For more information about the HIV epidemic in Wisconsin, visit the statistics and reports page of the Wisconsin HIV Program website.
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Scientific studies confirm that people living with HIV who have undetectable levels of HIV in their body don't transmit HIV to their sex partners. These findings reinforce the importance of staying in medical care to keep HIV undetectable.
For people at risk of HIV, testing is the only way to know if you have HIV. For those who test positive, early and ongoing treatment can help achieve undetectable levels of HIV and pave the way for a healthy and full life.
Feeling shame or fear about HIV can go away—it’s now about science, not stigma. Read more about the HIV Prevention Revolution.
The statewide plan for HIV prevention and care services in Wisconsin
- One page summary of the Plan, P-01631
- Ten page overview of the Plan, P-01582a
- 2019 Progress Report, P-02474
Website of statewide HIV community planning and training of HIV prevention and care service providers funded by the Wisconsin HIV Program
Technical information for agencies funded by the HIV Program
Looking for HIV information or services in Wisconsin?
CDC-INFO is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national information center that can locate HIV-related services in Wisconsin. CDC-INFO offers live agents by phone to help find the latest, reliable, and science-based health information.
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