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Cluster of HIV and syphilis infections in Milwaukee: Critical Response

As you may now be aware, at least 127 people—including some high school students—have been identified as part of a social network in which 76 people have HIV, syphilis or both, in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection reports ever in Milwaukee.

Our partners at the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, Diverse & Resilient and Planned Parenthood acted quickly as first responders to protect youth in Milwaukee. ARCW joined them as we learned this news, expanding our testing hours, creating a hotline and leading a community-wide response.

While the initial response has been swift, the coming days and weeks are critical to mobilize and protect the health of our youth.

More than ever, our community needs your support.

Today, at a press conference along with leaders from the City of Milwaukee including Common Council President Hamilton, Health Commissioner McManus and leaders and representatives of eleven Milwaukee organizations, I announced that ARCW is establishing the Strategic HIV/STI Prevention Leadership Fund. This $250,000 Fund is a lead investment to catalyze our community’s commitment to attack HIV, STIs, and their root causes.

We will not have safe and vibrant neighborhoods until our community addresses the twin epidemics of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Thank you in advance.

Click here to access media coverage of the ARCW response to the HIV/Syphilis cluster.

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