The AIDS epidemic isn't over. Despite some progress, scientists are not yet close to finding a vaccine for HIV. New medications that have greatly improved quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS are very costly, and cannot cure the virus. The Department of Health estimates that over 6,000 people living in Wisconsin are HIV+. While marginalized groups are at higher risk, absolutely no one is immune.
We participate in the Wisconsin AIDS Ride to make people aware that HIV/AIDS still affects all of us. We ride to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS. We donate to support AIDS Network. And we crew to support everyone who has very real needs - today and tomorrow.
Help everyone you know understand the facts about HIV/AIDS:
- It is estimated that over 6,598 people in Wisconsin currently live with HIV or AIDS.
- 271 new cases were reported statewide in 2010.
- 31 counties in Wisconsin reported new cases of HIV during 2010.
- There were 69 deaths in 2008, the last year that statistics are available.
- 79% of the cases are in southeastern and southern Wisconsin with 63% of the total cases in Milwaukee and Dane counties.
- The population living with HIV is aging with more than 53% now 45 years old or older increasing from 45% in 2006.
- Estimated cases of HIV in gay men under 30 years old has increased 162% since 2000.
- Infection rate for women is one of the fastest growing statistics and is the 2nd highest cause of death for non-white women
- In 2010, Dane County had an estimated 955 residents living with HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Network's region has an estimated 1,333 potential clients.