ARCW Media Coverage

Actor Taye Diggs Chairs 27th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin

WUWM 89.7 (Milwaukee) - Actor Taye Diggs speaking with Lake Effect's Joy Powers.

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Naloxone can help save lives in the battle against heroin and opiates

The Journal Times (Racine) - The number of heroin and opiate overdoses is a statewide problem that is getting worse.

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Our Issues Milwaukee - September 25, 2016 (Part 2)

Our Issues Milwaukee - Dan Mueller, Chief Development Officer for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin joins host Andrea Williams to talk about the services provided by the center and AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2016 coming up on Saturday, October 1st.

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Local specialist trying to expand free HIV and hepatitis C testing

WJFW12 (Schofield) - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin in Schofield provides one of the few places where you can receive free HIV and hepatitis C testing.

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Riggs & Alley - AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2016

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Michael Gifford: Naloxone helps save lives

LaCrosse Tribune - Heroin use is a statewide problem that is getting worse. Recent data indicate heroin and opiates were a factor in one-third of Wisconsin drug deaths. About 163,000 Wisconsinites struggle with this issue. It is likely most people know an opiate or heroin user.

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Taye Diggs brings star power to Oct. 1 AIDS Walk

WI Gazette (Milwaukee) - Actor/singer Taye Diggs is familiar to fans of stage, film and television. But his appearance at AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run on Oct. 1 will mark his first time headlining a fundraiser to help people living with the disease.

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Taye Diggs 'excited' to host AIDS Walk here

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Taye Diggs is coming to Milwaukee, in part because he was embarrassed. The actor was engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS before he first made his mark 20 years ago in the Broadway phenomenon "Rent."

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How to get trained on using Narcan

WISN 12 News - Mothers like Lauri Badura wish they would've known more about Narcan, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids, before it was too late.

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Narcan distributed during training session at Madison library

WISC-TV News 3 (Madison) - Narcan was distributed at a training session Wednesday night for parents wanting to learn how to deal with heroin overdoses.

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AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin files complaint against Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Health News - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin has filed a complaint with the federal government alleging that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin discriminated against HIV patients by not covering certain medications and requiring high cost sharing for drugs.

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Gifford: Fighting Opioid Abuse

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Making Naloxone more accessible is a big step in the right direction and a commitment we are ready to make.

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Needle Exchange More Than a Needle Exchange

WIZM News Talk - Despite public complaints in Wisconsin about drug syringes littering city streets, the needle exchange program run by one statewide group isn't likely to go away.

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Preventing Fatal Opioid Overdose Presentation

Wisconsin Eye - On August 11, 2016, Scott Stokes of the AIDS Resource Center gave a presentation on Narcan training and how to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

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Wisconsin AIDS Ride Kicks Off

MADISON (WKOW) - Since its inception, more than 2,000 Wisconsin AIDS Ride participants and volunteers have raised more than $3.3 million for HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin AIDS Ride raises money for people affected by HIV and AIDS

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The 14th annual Wisconsin AIDS Ride will kick off at the end of July and it raises money for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

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New HIV Medical Home Opens in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin opened its new HIV medical home on Williamson Street in Madison.

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AIDS Resource Center Arming Patients With New Tool to Fight HIV

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which celebrates its new medical clinic in Madison Thursday, is arming patients with a new tool to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic: a pill for people who don’t have HIV but are at high risk of getting it.

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Expanding Access to Care for Americans Living With HIV Through the HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act

The Body - On June 22nd, two briefings on Capitol Hill took place to educate Congressional staffers and community members about the HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act.

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National HIV Testing Day - Knowledge Can Save Your Life

City of Madison - Today, in honor of National HIV Testing Day, Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) encourages you to get tested for HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS.

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HAPPENING TODAY: Free HIV Testing at ARCW

WEAU13 (Eau Claire) - A free HIV testing event is happening Monday in Eau Claire. That’s because it is National HIV Testing Awareness Day.

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Needle Exchange Program Continues to Grow

WEAU13 (Eau Claire) - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin's LifePoint Needle Exchange Program provides clean supplies to injection drug users in order to prevent the spread of infection.

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Bad River Health Fair Set for Wednesday

Ashland Daily Press - For the fifth consecutive year, the Bad River Health and Wellness Center will be hold a Health Far at the Center, located at 53585 Nokomis Road on The Bad River Indian Reservation.

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Engels Named Interim Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Journal Times (Madison) - Gov. Scott Walker on Monday named Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Tom Engels as the agency’s interim leader following the death Saturday of Secretary Kitty Rhoades.

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Narcan: Back From the Brink of Death

Gazette Xtra (Beloit) - Prevention specialist Amelia Lyman provides information regarding the administration of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, in the event of an overdose.

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Actor Taye Diggs Named Chair of 2016 AIDS Walk Wisconsin

FOX 6 (Milwaukee) - Award-winning actor Taye Diggs will be the honorary chair of the 27th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run.

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Taye Diggs named honorary chair of 27th AIDS Walk Wisconsin on Oct. 1

OnMilwaukee.com - The annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin has a long and distinguished list of past Honorary Chairs, and it landed another huge name for the Oct. 1 event this year.

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Taye Diggs to Chair AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2016

WISN12 (Milwaukee) - Taye Diggs, the actor known by millions for his roles on Broadway, on television and in film, will be the honorary chairperson of this year's AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K run, event organizers announced Monday.

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re:TH!NK Episode #27: LifePoint Needle Exchange

reThink Winnebago - The Winnebago County Heroin Task Force Harm Reduction Pillar worked with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin to open a satellite location at the Health Department.

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Learning to Administer Narcan

Fox 11 (Green Bay) - When someone overdoses on heroin, minutes can mean the difference between life and death.

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State's HIV-Infection Rate Edged Slightly Higher in 2015

Wisconsin Gazette - Last year, 225 new cases of HIV infection were diagnosed in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Surveillance Annual Review for 2015.

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Make A Promise

BizTimes Milwaukee - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin awarded BMO Harris Bank the 2016 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award April 9.

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Feed My People Food Bank Pushes Produce

Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire) - Visitors to open house learn that faster delivery, more fresh fruits and vegetables for hungry population is on board’s plate.

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Teeter Totter-A-Thon Raises Awareness for AIDS

WXOW (La Crosse) - The 22nd Annual Teeter Totter-A-Thon took place at Coate Field at UW-La Crosse. The event raises money for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, located in La Crosse.

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Madison Firefighters See Nearly 350% Increase in Opiate Overdose Saves

WKOW (Madison) - WKOW in Madison had this important story about increasing rates of opiate overdose saves and how ARCW is helping to save lives from needless overdose deaths.

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Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley Apologizes for Anti-Gay Opinion Pieces

WTMJ4 (Milwaukee) - News footage includes an interview with Mike Gifford, President and CEO of ARCW, commenting.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Fight Opioid Addiction from Prevention to Recovery

With overdoses on the rise, Baldwin bill would implement critical prevention, crisis, treatment, and recovery efforts. Opioids contributed to 45 percent of the 843 Wisconsin drug overdose deaths in 2013.

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Wisconsin Rapids Lacks Heroin Help

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - Wisconsin Rapids has a heroin problem — and not just the fact that the addictive narcotic has infested the region over the past several years.

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Free HIV/AIDS Screenings Held in Milwaukee

TMJ4 (Milwaukee) - Reporting on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day interviewing with our very own Mike Gifford.

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ARCW opens new ‘medical home’ in Madison

Wisconsin Gazette - On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin opened a new full-service center for people with HIV/AIDS on Madison’s east side.

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2015



Walker Signs Heroin Antidote Distribution Bill

WEAU (Eau Claire) - Governor Scott Walker signed a bill today to give easier access to the public pharmacies to a certain drug that can save lives.

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Loved Ones Honored

Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire) - World AIDS Day service filled with reminiscences, vows to keep up the fight.

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AIDS Resource Center Opens New HIV Medical Home in Madison

WISC-TV3 (Madison) - New center provides medical, dental, mental health care; social services

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AIDS Resource Center Opens First Medical Facility in Madison

The Badger Herald - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin opened a new HIV medical facility in Madison Tuesday, which is World AIDS Day.

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AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Observes World AIDS Day, Highlights Opening of Madison Medical Home

Wisconsin Gazette - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is recognizing World AIDS Day by highlighting the opening of its newest HIV medical home in Madison.

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HIV/AIDS Clinic Opens in Madison

Wisconsin State Journal - AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which absorbed the former AIDS Network in Madison in February, opened a medical clinic in Madison Tuesday, World AIDS Day.

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Doctors Discuss HIV Situation in Wisconsin

FOX 11 (Green Bay) - Actor Charlie Sheen made a stunning revelation Tuesday morning. During an interview on N-B-C's Today Show, Sheen says he was diagnosed with H-I-V four years ago.

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Thousands Living With HIV in SE Wisconsin

WTMJ4 (Milwaukee) - Thousands of people are living with HIV in the Milwaukee area. TODAY’S TMJ4 talked with a doctor about advances in treatment and how to prevent the infection.

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Celebrity Diagnosis Opens Conversations About HIV

WISC-TV3 (Madison) - Organizations already investing in services, resources, education.

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“The fight against AIDS is far from over:” Will Charlie Sheen’s Admission Refocus Attention on HIV?

Fox 6 (Milwaukee) - Charlie Sheen confessed Tuesday, November 17th during a morning television interview that he is HIV positive. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Sheen’s celebrity status may refocus the nation’s attention on a once-captivating disease.

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Good Medicine

Our Lives Magazine - AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin opens new full-service pharmacy in Madison.

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Michael Gifford Named One of the Most Influential People in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Magazine - Michael Gifford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, was named one of the most influential people in Milwaukee according to a new list published by Milwaukee Magazine.

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AIDS Walk Wisconsin Raises More Than $400k

Wisconsin Gazette - Walkers and runners from across Wisconsin gathered on Oct. 3 in Milwaukee over the weekend to raise $402,542 to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs.

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26th AIDS Walk Wisconsin raises more than $402,000

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - More than $402,000 was raised as part of Wisconsin's largest fundraising walk and run for HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

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Walkers and Runners Lace Up Their Shoes for 26th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin

FOX 6 (Milwaukee) - More than $400,000 was raised as walkers and runners from across Wisconsin gathered at the lakefront to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs at the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run.

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AIDS Walk Raises Over $400,000

CBS 58 (Milwaukee) - Walkers and runners from across Wisconsin gathered in Milwaukee Saturday to celebrate raising $402,542 to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs throughout Wisconsin at Saturday’s 26th AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run.

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Lance Bass in Milwaukee for AIDS Walk WI

WISN 12 - Lance Bass and his husband will co chair the Aids Walk happening at the lakefront Saturday.

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Baldwin and Pocan Introduce Bill to Increase Funding for HIV Clinics

Wisconsin Gazette - Wisconsin’s two out members of congress, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Mark Pocan, have introduced a bill in their respective chambers that would increase services and access to care for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Enhance HIV/AIDS Care

Edge Media Phoenix - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced legislation aimed at strengthening our federal response to HIV/AIDS.

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Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Enhance Access to HIV/AIDS Care

Windy City Times - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced legislation aimed at strengthening our federal response to HIV/AIDS.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bill to Enhance Access to Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Care

Tammy Baldwin - HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act Comes on Heels of Historic U.S. Conference on AIDS

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Pocan Introduces HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act

Mark Pocan - Bill Expands Health Care Access for People Living with HIV/AIDS

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AIDS Resource Center Keeps Up the Fight - Off the Cuff with Debra Endean

The Shepherd Express - "Off the Cuff" sits down with Debra Endean, Vice President and COO of ARCW in anticipation of the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run, Saturday, Oct. 3.

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New Challenge for County's Aging HIV Sufferers

Kenosha News - Funding for new test to help uncover premature dementia risk.

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Wisconsin AIDS Ride - ACT13 Closing

NBC15 Madison – The August 2, 2015, 10:00pm News coverage of the closing ceremony to the Wisconsin AIDS Ride - ACT13!

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Wisconsin AIDS Ride - ACT13 Opening

NBC15 Madison – The July 30, 2015, 4:00pm News coverage of the kickoff to the Wisconsin AIDS Ride - ACT13!

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Community Members Train to Use OD Reversal Drug

Post Crescent - Denise Hardy found out her son was using heroin when she found the drug’s antidote in her home. Earlier this year, the Appleton woman came across a package of Narcan, Googled it and found it was an overdose reversal drug.

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Growth in Heroin Abuse Suspected in Hep C Rise

Beloit Daily News - In 2008, the Rock County Health Department saw seven confirmed cases of Hepatitis C. In 2011, the number leaped to 74, and by 2014 there were 93 cases reported.

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ARCW Donates Its Archives to UWM Libraries

Wisconsin Gazette - In the early 1980s, as a deadly new disease began devastating gay communities in New York and California, the Midwest braced for what Mike Gifford calls “a tsunami headed here from both coasts.”

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National Day of Silence: Night of Noise for LGBTQA youth

WQOW15 Eau Claire – Friday, April 17 is recognized as the National Day of Silence, and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is hosting a dance where people will be allowed to break the silence and celebrate their sexual preferences.

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30th Anniversary of the Red Ribbon Affair

NBC15 Madison - Bill Keeton of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin discusses the 30th Anniversary of the Red Ribbon Affair on the NBC15 Madison Morning Show.

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State Health Officials See Spike in Hepatitis C Cases

WPR - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is seeing new cases of Hepatitis C among people under 30, a trend that mirrors a similar rise in heroin use among that age group.

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Hepatitis C on the Rise in the Northland; Concerns Focused on Baby Boomers and People Younger Than 30

Duluth News Tribune - Eight doesn’t seem like a lot, but eight cases of hepatitis C virus in Duluth caught the attention of state health officials.

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Organization Fights HIV Transmission with Heroin Rates on the Rise

CBS 58 - With heroin use and needle sharing increasing, a local organization is fighting to keep HIV rates at bay. Scott Stokes is creating awareness about the needle exchange program at the Aids Research Center of Wisconsin.

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Narcan Use Increasing as Heroin Supply Remains Steady

The Cap Times - On Friday, a 32-year-old Madison man was shooting heroin with a woman in the restroom of an Arby’s restaurant in Middleton when he passed out. A paramedic revived him with Narcan, which counteracts the effects of heroin and other opiates.

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AIDS Groups Merge - New Medical Clinic, Pharmacy Planned for Madison

Isthmus - When Mike Gifford got involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS in 1993 the topic was taboo.

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Diverse & Resilient Announces 2014 Leadership Awards - Community Partner Award - AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

Diverse & Resilient - The awardees are individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the state of Wisconsin.

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AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin to Merge

POZ Magaziine - AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) and AIDS Network will merge effective February 1, according to an ARCW press release.

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AIDS Resource Center Merges with AIDS Network, Expands Pharmacy

MKE BizTimes - The Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will merge with the Madison-based AIDS Network on Feb. 1 in a move that leaders from both organizations say will preserve continuity of care for patients and clients.

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The Leading Edge

Milwaukee Magazine - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin's approach to caring for HIV patients has made it a national model.

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2014



AIDS Resource Center, AIDS Network Plan to Merge

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which has drawn national attention as a model of integrating medical care and social services, and the AIDS Network in Madison plan to merge effective February 1, 2015.

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Madison, Milwaukee AIDS Organizations to Merge

WI State Journal - AIDS Network in Madison will merge with Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin on Feb. 1, a move that will bring a clinic and pharmacy specializing in HIV/AIDS to Madison, the organizations said Wednesday.

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2 Major AIDS Organizations In Wisconsin Will Merge Next Year

WPR - AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, AIDS Network Will Join Forces.Two of the largest nonprofits fighting AIDS in Wisconsin will merge this February.

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Wisconsin's 2 Leading Organizations in Fight Against AIDS Merge

MN StarTribune - The Madison-based AIDS Network and the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced their plans Thursday. The merger will be effective Feb. 1, and the combined organization will operate as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

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AIDS Organizations to Merge

WI Health News - The AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin are joining forces effective Feb. 1, 2015. The new organization, which will operate as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, projects it will serve 4,000 people a year with HIV throughout the state.

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Merger Will Bolster Fight Against HIV, AIDS, says AIDS Resource Center CEO

Milwaukee BizTalk (MBJ) - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin's (ARCW) merger with the much smaller AIDS Network of Madison will enhance the merged organization's efforts to fight the recent uptick in new HIV cases among gay men, said ARCW president and CEO Michael Gifford.

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MERGER: AIDS Network, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Coming Together to Better Serve Patients

FOX6Now Milwaukee - In order to strengthen Wisconsin’s already nationally renowned response to AIDS, AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) are announcing they will merge effective February 1st, 2015.

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AIDS Network, ARCW Announce Merger

Beloit Daily News - AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) have announced plans to merge effective Feb. 1.

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2 Leading Wisconsin AIDS Groups Merge

WBAY-TV Green Bay - Wisconsin’s two leading organizations in the fight against AIDS merging. The Madison-based AIDS Network and the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced their plans Thursday. The merger will be effective Feb. 1, and the combined organization will operate as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

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AIDS Network and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Announce Merger

Our Lives Magazine - In order to strengthen Wisconsin’s already nationally renowned response to AIDS, AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) are announcing they will merge effective February 1, 2015.

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2 Wisconsin AIDS Groups to Merge

Wisconsin Gazette - Wisconsin's AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced on Dec. 11 plans to merge effective Feb. 1, 2015.Leaders of both groups said the merger will preserve continuity of care for patients and clients.

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Wisconsin's 2 Leading Organizations in Fight Against AIDS Merge

Daily Reporter, Greenfield, Indiana - Wisconsin's two leading organizations in the fight against AIDS merging. The Madison-based AIDS Network and the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced their plans Thursday. The merger will be effective Feb. 1, and the combined organization will operate as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

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2 Leading Wisconsin AIDS Groups Merge

The Chippewa Herald - Wisconsin's two leading organizations in the fight against AIDS merging. The Madison-based AIDS Network and the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced their plans Thursday. The merger will be effective Feb. 1, and the combined organization will operate as the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

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AIDS Resource Center merging with Madison's AIDS Network in 2015

WTAQ-Madison - Two Wisconsin groups that help AIDS and HIV patients are about to merge.

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which is based in Milwaukee, plans to join forces with the AIDS Network in Madison effective February 1st.

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2 Leading Wisconsin AIDS Groups Merge

WEAU Eau Claire - The Madison-based AIDS Network and the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced their plans Thursday.

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Madison, Milwaukee AIDS Organizations to Merge

Milwaukee Business Journal - Milwaukee's AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will merge with the AIDS Network in Madison Feb. 1, bringing a clinic and pharmacy specializing in HIV/AIDS to Madison, the organizations said Wednesday.

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2 Leading Wisconsin AIDS Groups Merge

WLUK FOX11 Green Bay - Wisconsin’s two leading organizations in the fight against AIDS merging.

The Madison-based AIDS Network and the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced their plans Thursday.

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State’s Leading AIDS Organizations to Merge

WISC-TV Madison - New group expects to serve 4,000 patients statewide

The state’s two leading organizations in the fight against AIDS are combining resources.

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AIDS Network and ARCW Merge at Start of February

WKOW-27 Madison - AIDS Network and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) will merge on February 1. The organizations say the merger will "enhance services, improve clinical outcomes, and generate new financial resources."

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Two Young Wisconsinites Applauded For Work Fighting HIV/AIDS

POZ Magazine - POZ Magazine, covering issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, recently named two Wisconsinites to their POZ 100 list, which celebrates people around the world under the age of 30 who are making a difference in the fight against the disease.

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Local Event Marks World AIDS Day

Leader-Telegram - John Klinger was an active mentor and teacher in the AIDS/HIV community. Klinger, of Eau Claire, died in 2003, but the memory of him and many others was very much alive Monday night at a World AIDS Day event in downtown Eau Claire.

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HIV Testing Not What it Used to Be in Northeast Wisconsin

NBC26 - Today is World AIDS Day and across Wisconsin around 7,000 people are living with the disease. Nearly 250 people in the state were diagnosed this year with HIV but as NBC 26's Eric Crest explains it's still as important as ever for those at risk to be tested.

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ARCW Delivers Special Thanksgiving Baskets to Patients With AIDS & HIV

FOX6Now - As volunteers pack boxes of food with care, patients at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, or ARCW, are breathing a sigh of relief — especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner.

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Let's Close Milwaukee's HIV/AIDS Gap

MKE Journal Sentinel - Here's the good news on AIDS in Wisconsin: Thanks to efforts by organizations such as The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Diverse & Resilient Inc. and programs such as the clean needle exchange and an educational effort pushing people to know their status, the state has the seventh-lowest rate of HIV infection in the country.

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News Coverage Footage of AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2014

WISN, WITI and WTMJ - Nightly news coverage of the 25th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Wisconsin - October 12, 2014

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AIDS Walk Raises $462,000

WSAU 550am 99.9fm - Almost 3,000 runners and walkers took part in yesterday's 25th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin at Milwaukee's Summerfest Grounds.

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25th Anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin Raises $462,425 to Support HIV Prevention

FOX6Now - More than 2,676 walkers and 200 runners raised $462,425 to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs throughout Wisconsin at Sunday’s 25th Anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run.

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Nearly 3,000 Participate in Milwaukee's AIDS Walk, Raising $462,000

MKE Journal Sentinel - The AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run in Milwaukee Sunday raised $462,425 to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, according to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

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Tim Gunn Helps Wisconsin 'Make It Work' In The Fight Against AIDS

WUWM  89.7 - Tim Gunn spoke with Bonnie North before his appearance as Honorary Chair for AIDS Walk Wisconsin this Sunday.

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Weekend Pick: AIDS Walk Wisconsin

99.1 The Mix - Kidd and Elizabeth of 99.1 The Mix pick AIDS Walk Wisconsin on Sunday as their "weekend pick".

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Racine Community Foundation Awards Third Quarter Grants

The Journal Times - AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin has been awarded a grant to provide medical care and nutritional support for HIV/AIDS patients from Racine County.

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Sheboygan Woman Has Walked for Son's Memory for 24 Years

Sheboygan Press - It's been 23 years since Shirley Brey-Traas' son died, but the 88-year-old said she still thinks of David often and keeps a picture of him hanging in her room at Harmony Living Center in Sheboygan.

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'Project Runway' Host Tim Gunn Looks Forward to AIDS Walk Wisconsin

JS Online TAP - While "Project Runway" co-host Tim Gunn looks forward to a friendly weekend in Milwaukee as honorary chairman of the annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run, he calls himself "tenacious and rather pedantic" about AIDS prevention.

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Project Runway's Tim Gunn on AIDS Walk Wisconsin

Express Milwaukee - AIDS Walk Wisconsin will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a very special honorary chair—Tim Gunn, Project Runway’s mentor extraordinaire.

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Walmart Hosts Day of Giving, Benefits Non-Profits

WEAU - On Thursday, Walmart awarded ARCW a Walmart Foundation Wisconsin State Giving grant of $40,000 to support the ARCW HIV Specialty Food Pantry that provides hunger relief to HIV patients.

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Milwaukee Health Systems Try New Strategies

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Nurses Doug Johnson, left and Sharon O'Dwyer work at the medical center of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The medical center will serve as a primary care center and service coordinator for people with HIV who are covered by Medicaid.

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Wisconsin AIDS Resource Center Weighs In On Truvada, Drug That Helps Prevent HIV

WPR - Two years after the Truvada's release on the market, its uptake has been slow and it’s been the subject of some debate within the HIV prevention and gay communities. The Director of Clinical Pharmacy at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin weighs in.

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Emotional Performances to Mark 30 Years of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

WUWM 89.7 - Dozens of Performers will take the stage Friday night at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, in Brookfield. They’ll help the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin begin marking its 30th anniversary. Over those decades, it has provided help ranging from HIV testing to behavioral health services.

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Monday on Lake Effect: Wisconsin's War on AIDS

WUWM 89.7 - When it comes to the war on AIDS, Wisconsin leads the nation in many ways. We'll look at what makes us so effective, and where the next front line in the fight might be found. – Guest: Mike Gifford, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

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AIDS Center Seeks to Cut Overdose Deaths

Kenosha News - LAUREL — To the AIDS Resource Center in Kenosha for getting involved in the battle to reduce overdose deaths of heroin addicts. The agency is training addicts how to use naloxone, a medication that can save those who overdose on heroin or other opiates.

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ARCW on 94.5 - Lakeviews

94.5 The Lake - Bill Keeton, Vice President of Government and Public Relations for the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin talks about services available for individuals affected by the virus.

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1 in 3 Teens Don't Think Of HIV As A Sexually-Transmitted Disease

WPR - An expert from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin discusses the education initiatives on HIV/AIDS for young people in the United States and the knowledge teens have–or don't–about the disease.

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Training Heroin Addicts to Save Lives

Kenosha News - In a small office just a short walk from the Kenosha County Courthouse, heroin addicts are learning how to save a life.

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Heroin, Opiate Addiction Labeled Today's Public Health Crisis at Forum

MKE Journal Sentinel - The older public health crises of polio and diphtheria have been replaced by heroin and opiate addiction, Milwaukee's health commissioner said Wednesday. "This meets every conceivable definition of a public health crisis," Bevan Baker said.

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Heroin Task Force Wants to Explore Creating Needle Exchange in Winnebago County

The Northwestern - A Winnebago County Heroin Task Force committee is recommending the county set up a program where intravenous drug users can exchange used needles for sterile needles.

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How the ACA is Affecting Wisconsinites With AIDS

WPR - The Affordable Care Act requires that all Americans have health insurance, but people living with HIV/AIDS have always needed routine health care. The president of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin discusses the affect the new lay is having on Wisconsinites living with HIV/AIDS.

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Spike in Demand for Free Heroin Antidote Kits

Today's TMJ4 - It is express training to treat heroin overdoses.  At clinics operated by AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, users or their loved ones can get Narcan for free. There has been a spike in demand for the life-saving drug, also known by the generic name Naloxone.

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Bill Passed by State Senate Could Make Narcan Use Legal for Individuals

ABC WISN12 - A package of bills meant to combat the heroin epidemic in Wisconsin passed the state Senate Tuesday. They are now waiting for the Gov. Scott Walker's signature to become law.

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Protecting Those Caught Up in the Deadly Drug Cycle

Today's TMJ4 I-TEAM - Law enforcement leaders across Waukesha County aren't messing around when it comes to cracking down on heroin. Ryan Brehmer is an officer with the Village of Eagle Police Department. When referring to heroin, he says, "It is absolutely the number one issue that leads to a lot of other issues."

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Saving Lives: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin's Ultimate Mission

Express Milwaukee - A package of bills meant to combat the heroin epidemic in Wisconsin is poised to pass the Senate as we go to press—with not one vote against it in the State Assembly. The HOPE bills, authored by state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), whose daughter is battling heroin addiction, will provide more safeguards for those who seek to aid addicts while they’re on the verge of a fatal overdose.

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The Journey of Coming Out

MKE Journal Sentinel - The editor and chief of POZ magazine, a monthly publication that chronicles the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS, Gutierrez told a crowd in Milwaukee last week that although he was diagnosed with HIV in 1992, he didn't tell his parents that he was HIV-positive until 2008.

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2013



Other Views: Budget Impasse Hurts Battle Against AIDS

GazetteXtra - By Mike Gifford, November 29, 2013 - Sunday, Dec. 1, marks World AIDS Day—a day set aside to remember loved ones lost to HIV and to rededicate ourselves to the fight against AIDS.

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ARCW at Forefront of AIDS Battle

Wisconsin Gazette - ARCW pioneered a model of care that’s essentially a “medical home” for people with HIV/AIDS. Patients receive the full spectrum of medical and psychosocial support services at one location, including medical, dental, pharmaceutical, legal and case management.

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Plilanthropy Blooms From Rose's Success

MKE Journal Sentinel - Last week, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced a $1 million gift — billed as the single largest in the fight against HIV in the state's history — from Radler.

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AIDS Resource Center Receives $1M Donation for Mental Health Services

WPR - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is getting its biggest donation from one person, ever: $1,000,00, which will go for mental health services.

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ARCW Receives $1 Million Gift From Individual Supporter

Wisconsin Gazette - Milwaukee philanthropist Bill Radler, developer of the world’s best-selling rose, announced a $1 million donation to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin during a press conference this morning.

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Will Radler Gives AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin a $1 Million Gift

MKE Journal Sentinel - ARCW is honored to receive a transformative gift from Will Radler. Guy Boulton from the Journal Sentinel has a great article on the impact of Will's genrosity that will enhance our ability to provide mental health care to our patients.

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Center: Need for Needles, Narcan

LaCrosse Tribune - While criticized as enabling drug use, the needle-exchange program at the AIDS Resource Center is the most effective prevention against the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, prevention supervisor Laura Runchey told La Crosse County’s Heroin and Illicit Drug Task Force on Thursday.

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AIDS Resource Center Educated Drug Task Force on Mission

WXOW 19 LaCrosse - The Drug Task Force, a group working to prevent and treat the drug problem in our area, met with representatives from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, to discuss the effectiveness of their programs.

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ARCW is Proud to Work With Rep. Nygren to Tackle the Heroin Problem in Wisconsin

MKE Journal Sentinel - Marinette lawmaker John Nygren confronts his daughter's heroin addiction and introduces four bills he calls the HOPE Agenda, for Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education.

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AIDS Resource Center Receives $50,000 Donation

BizTimes MKE - The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) will use a recent $50,000 donation from Cary and Susie Silverstein through the Baye Foundation to match the electronic health records of patients receiving services in both its dental and mental clinics.

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In the Grip of Heroin; ARCW Highlighted

WUWM 89.7 - WUMW just wrapped up a comprehensive series of stories on the growing heroin problem in Wisconsin. ARCW outreach, prevention and AODA treatment programs are highlighted in the series.

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Thousands take part in 23rd annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin

FOX6Now - Thousands of people headed to the lakefront to participate in the 23rd annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin Saturday morning, October 5th. AIDS affects more than 6,500 people in Wisconsin — and 1,700 more don’t even know they have it.

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AIDS Walk Wisconsin raises $341,481

AIDS Walk Wisconsin raised $341,481 Saturday toward making medical care and medications available to those living with HIV, the event's organizers said. The event drew 2,177 runners and walkers along Milwaukee's lakefront.

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AIDS Walk Wisconsin raises more than $341,000 for research, treatment

Scientists, doctors and families have been battling AIDS for more than 30 years.  For many of the people down at the Summerfest grounds Saturday, that fight is personal. Sheboygan's Shirley Brey-Traas can tell you how AIDS caused her decades of pain. "I had a son die from AIDS in 1991," Shirley said.

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Today in Milwaukee - AIDS Walk Wisconsin

Great progress has been made in the battle against HIV and AIDS, but there’s still a long way to go. Numbers show that HIV infections in Wisconsin are actually on the rise. At least in the battle against AIDS, Wisconsin has an advantage over other states

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Spotlight on Wisconsin Makes Donation

Spotlight on Wisconsin President and Founder Stephanie Klett presents a check for $600 to Dan Mueller, vice president of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. This marks 20 years of Spotlight on Wisconsin raising funds for its beneficiaries

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Ryan Braun is Back at Miller Park

Braun was the honorary chairman of the AIDS Walk Wisconsin in Milwaukee last year and met with staffers at ARCW and bought them lunch from Zaffiro's Pizza.

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Braun Returns to Milwaukee to Visit Charity

Ryan Braun was back in Milwaukee on Wednesday to reconnect with teammates and meet with the staff of at least one of the charities for which he had done work.

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Ryan Braun Back in Milwaukee; Serves Lunch at AIDS Resource Center

Ryan Braun on Wednesday, September 18th was back in Milwaukee, making an appearance for the first time since he was suspended on July 22nd without pay for the rest of the Brewers season.

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Ryan Braun Make Surprise Appearance in Milwaukee on Wednesday

Ryan Braun made an appearance in Milwaukee on Wednesday, first making a charity appearance, then stopping by Miller Park.

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ARCW and Community Advocates partnership receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant to expand HIV, HCV and Substance Abuse Prevention

New collaboration will ensure both HIV-positive and HIV negative women of color will have increased access to critical services.

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Elena’s House provides care, community for people living with HIV/AIDS

For the past 12 years, an unassuming ranch house in Wauwatosa has provided physical healing, spiritual comfort and a community of support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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$1.2 M federal grant to fight substance abuse and HIV among African-American women in Milwaukee

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Community Advocates to expand alcohol and substance abuse services, along with HIV and Hepatitis C prevention efforts, targeting African-American women in Milwaukee.

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Concern arises over needle-swap clinic in downtown Duluth

Some community leaders are expressing concern about drug users congregating in downtown Duluth, but the focus this time isn’t the Last Place on Earth.

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Klett Announced as Honorary Chair of AIDS Walk Wisconsin

Stephanie Klett, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, has been appointed honorary chair of the 24th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Milwaukee's Summerfest Grounds.

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For Heroin Users Who Overdose, Access to Lifesaving Drug is Limited

A drug called naloxone can bring heroin users who overdose back from the brink of death. But naloxone is not always available, especially in rural areas. One nonprofit — the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) — is working to change that.

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Klett Chairs State's Largest AIDS Benefit

Stephanie Klett of Beloit has been named by the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin as the organization’s honorary chair of the 24th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.

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Study Backs More Use in Wisconsin of Life-Saving Heroin-Overdose Drug

Naloxone, commonly known by its brand name Narcan is drug that can stop a heroin overdose, and potentially save a life. It is available in Wisconsin, and only one agency provides the doses at no cost.
 
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Drug Prevention Experts Call for "Good Samaritan" Law

Drug overdose is now the second-leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and the number one cause for men and women ages 25 to 64. Alcohol and drug abuse prevention experts say a contributing factor is drug users who allow their friends to die instead of risking arrest by calling for help.
 
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Stokes: Our Needle Exchange Program Saves Lives – Like Mine

Unfortunately, the number of deaths due to heroin or opiate overdose is increasing. This is not just a problem in Wisconsin’s larger cities, but here in Wausau and central Wisconsin as well.
 
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'Miracle Drug' Can Reverse Overdose in Seconds

A deadly poison, heroin, is killing hundreds of Wisconsin residents every year. A FOX6 investigation finds that many of those people could have been saved by a so-called ‘miracle drug’ that can reverse the effects of an overdose in seconds.

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No Decline in New Wisconsin HIV Cases

Wisconsin has reported about 400 new cases of HIV in the past year. Bill Keeton of the AIDS Resource Center Resource Center of Wisconsin said HIV/AIDS is a never ending never-ending battle.

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Building a Medical Home for Patients with HIV/AIDS

An integrated approach to care can help patients over the hurdles that daily life presents, which is why the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) (a HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS program grantee) has adopted the AIDS/HIV medical home model of care.

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Make A Promise Gala and Auction

Now in its 27th year, the Make A Promise Gala and Auction attracts 1,000 community and business leaders, philanthropists and friends of ARCW for an evening of fine dining, stellar entertainment, premier silent and live auctions, awards and dancing.

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Sequestration Threatens HIV/AIDS Programs

Across-the-board federal spending cuts - the sequester - may leave people living with HIV/AIDS without drugs and emergency housing and threaten the quest for a vaccine and cure, caution activists across the country.

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Potential Sequester Impact on HIV Resources

HIV/AIDS cases remain on the rise in the state. The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin says across-the-board federal budget cuts could put important resources in jeopardy.

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AIDS Remains a Threat in West-Central Wisconsin

While you don't hear much about AIDS and HIV these days, the incurable conditions remain serious health problems — and they are on the rise in Wisconsin.

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AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Tapped to Test Pilot Health Care Program

The state Department of Health Services selected the AIDS Resource Center for a pilot project that will pay the center to oversee the care for about 500 patients covered by Medicaid, the state-and-federal health program.

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Wisconsin Public Radio - At Issue (WPR Archive)

Join John Munson and his guest, Mike Gifford, as they discuss the legacy of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and where the fight against AIDS is at today.

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Thursday, 2/28/2013, 3:00 PM (As listed in archive index)


Health Care Guide: Spotlight - Roma Hanson

Hanson is the vice president of programs and human resources at ARCW and has made a profound impact on the organization and its clients, colleagues say.

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AIDS Patients Deserve Care Without Judgment

There has been an uptick in the number of HIV discrimination lawsuits filed nationwide.

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What We Need to Do to Fight HIV

There are a lot of people doing the hard and necessary work to slow down the spread of HIV in Wisconsin.

And they're losing the battle.

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Mike Gifford on the HIV Crisis

Mike Gifford, President and CEO of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, talks about the HIV crisis in the city and what the organization's role is in addressing it.

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Charlie Sykes Should Not Have a Problem With Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Charlie Sykes, WTMJ radio's conservative morning talk show host, has a problem with Congresswoman Gwen Moore recognizing Thursday as Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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AIDS Resource Center 'Medical Home' Gains Key Approval

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given final approval for the Wisconsin Health Home for Individuals with AIDS/HIV.

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2012



World AIDS Day 2012

ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford is interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio about the AIDS epidemic in the state.

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HIV/AIDS in Western Wisconsin

ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford was recently interviewed by WPR's Maureen McCollom about HIV in Western Wisconsin

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ARCW a National Model of Care

Erin Toner of WUWM interviews ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford about the medical home model of care at ARCW.

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Six in Ten Young People with HIV Don't Know Their Status

HIV infections are up among young people, especially young men of color who have sex with other men.

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The ARCW Medical Center is a National Role Model for Providing Care to HIV Patients

This feature story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explores the ARCW Medical Home model of care.

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Patient Testimonials

"I always thought that HIV would be my biggest worry,” said Melody Rose. “Thankfully ARCW has treated my HIV well, and has helped me fight all of the other challenges of living with HIV.”

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