January 2017

Addressing Racial Disparities in Viral Suppression

At ARCW, 89% of patients are achieving viral suppression, the healthiest they can be with HIV. Viral suppression rates at ARCW have increased consistently since ARCW began tracking them over the last eight years and today our average is 8% higher than the national average for HIV clinics.

Nationally and here in Wisconsin, however, there are still significant gaps in treatment outcomes. Most notably there are gaps in HIV care and treatment outcomes and viral suppression rates between patients of color and Caucasian patients. Across the United States people of color living with HIV are as much as 50% less likely to have an undetectable viral load.

ARCW found that its disparities were far better than the national average, but that there was still a need for improvement. Two years ago there was a 14% difference between the number of Caucasian patients achieving viral suppression (90%) compared to the number of African American patients who were achieving this critical goal (76%).

Using integrated electronic health records and sophisticated clinical management software, ARCW developed an innovative plan for directly addressing this issue. After identifying the 163 African American patients who were struggling to achieve viral suppression, the integrated care team of ARCW doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, behavioral health therapists and social service professionals worked with those patients on an individual basis to address their needs.

More than a year of analysis, hard work and persistence are paying off, and what was once a gap of 14% is now down to 4% and getting smaller.

Events Transition Into New Year

Recap of 2016 and Look Forward to 2017 Events

ARCW began the holiday season with celebrations of food, fun and a musical about an elf.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 354 guests and 46 volunteers gathered at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st annual Jolly Holly Folly fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed samples from area restaurants, including five new participants, as well as complimentary wine and MillerCoors products. The event then moved to Uihlein Hall for the opening night performance of the Broadway show ELF! The Musical.

The event raised a record $51,790 for the fight against AIDS. ARCW thanks all guests, volunteers and its Corporate Sponsors; Gilead, Direct Supply, Janssen Scientific, ARCW Pharmacy and Mike McBride,  event partners; Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Sazama’s Fine Catering, and In-Kind Sponsors; Wisconsin Gazette, Graphicolor, and Sign-a-Rama.

As always, there are multiple ways for interested donors to support HIV prevention, care and treatment services at ARCW:

Camp Bingo kicks off on Sunday, January 29 with Candyland Bingo. There will also be Bingo events in February and March. Visit our website or more information.

Be sure to save the date for Make A Promise on Saturday, April 22. The theme will be announced in the near future.

World AIDS Day Commemorated

On December 1, ARCW participated in six World AIDS Day events across the state.  World AIDS Day remains an important day in the fight against AIDS – a day set aside to reflect on the lives forever changed and lost to AIDS, as well as a day to rededicate ourselves to our common goals of ending the AIDS epidemic and ensuring people with HIV can enjoy long, healthy lives. 

In Superior and Duluth, the two mayors jointly proclaimed December 1 as World AIDS Day in the Twin Ports area.  The area hosted an event memorializing loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. Eau Claire also hosted a memorial event.

In Milwaukee, the Holy Rosary Congregation hosted a memorial and celebration event in collaboration with the Queer and Allied Faith Leaders of Milwaukee and several community organizations.

Madison had three events across Dane County, including one focused on the theme Confronting the Challenge: Care, Compassion, Community. The event, held at Madison’s Urban league, featured the Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus and a dialogue with keynote speaker Chad Zawitz, MD, infectious disease specialist from the Cook County Jail and the CORE Center in Chicago.

Special thanks to everyone across the state who joined with ARCW to help commemorate World AIDS Day and support the fight against AIDS.

ARCW VP New Addition to Ex Fabula Board

Dan Mueller, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is the newest member of the Ex Fabula Board of Directors.

“By celebrating the power that comes from personal stories we find the ability to connect individuals through shared experiences,” said Mueller.  "I’m pleased to hear these Milwaukee stories and proud to serve Ex Fabula.”

Ex Fabula is committed to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling at “story slam” events held throughout metro Milwaukee.  Ex Fabula believes that stories build a neighborhood, stable neighborhoods connect communities, and diverse communities strengthen a city.
Visit their website to learn more.

Aurora Grant to Expand Reach of ARCW

ARCW is receiving a grant of more than $85,000 to help expand Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services to prevent new HIV infections.

The support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund will expand ARCW PrEP clinics in Milwaukee, Brown and Kenosha Counties and help us reach a total of 400 patients by the end of the year. The ARCW PrEP clinic provides sexual health care, including HIV prevention and STI screening and treatment to individuals who are at a high-risk of contracting HIV to prevent infection.

The grant is part of an effort by Aurora Healthcare to improve access to primary care by awarding $5 million to 40 area organizations.

Among its fundraising priorities ARCW must raise $250,000 to fully fund the ARCW PrEP Clinic this year. To support PrEP at ARCW, please visit our website.

Medical Home Patient Point of View


For information on any of these activities, please call Nick Giebel in Milwaukee at 414-225-1615, or Dan Curd in Madison at 608-316-8601.

  • January 29 - Candyland Bingo - Camp Bingo - Madison Concourse Hotel
  • February 22- The Remedy V, La Crosse
  • February 26 - Lucky Charms Bingo - Camp Bingo - Madison Sheraton
  • March 26 - Wizard & Witches Bingo - Camp Bingo - Madison Sheraton
  • April 22 - Make A Promise
  • May 5 - Red Ribbon Affair
  • July 28 - 30 - AIDS Ride Wisconsin - ACT 15
  • October 7 - AIDS Walk Wisconsin