The Wisconsin HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state’s public health response to the HIV epidemic.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is traditionally observed on March 20, the first day of Spring, and commemorates the impact of HIV on American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. This national observance encourages Native people across the United States and Territorial Areas to increase awareness about HIV in their communities – by urging community members to get educated, tested, involved in prevention, and treated if infected with HIV.
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, 70 American Indians have been diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin. In the past decade, the number of American Indians diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin in any given year has ranged from 0 to 4 cases. Of the 70 American Indians diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin since 1985:
- Two-thirds were male and one-third was female.
- About 45% percent were under age 30 at the time of diagnosis.
- Thirty-three percent of diagnoses were attributed to men who have sex with men (MSM), 11% to MSM who also inject drugs, 22% to injection drug use, 20% to high-risk heterosexual contact, 10% had unknown risk, and 4% were perinatally infected (before or shortly after birth).
For additional information on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit the following websites:
The statewide plan for HIV prevention and care services in Wisconsin
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
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