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Expert care for everyone
We’ve been providing HIV services since 1985. Our HIV care teams are known across the nation for their expertise.
We educate you, your family and the community about living with HIV. We work to dispel rumors and myths while taking excellent care of our patients. We provide antiretroviral therapy to control the virus and protect your immune system.
At UW Health, you get the HIV treatment you need and your ability to pay does not matter. We receive funding from the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. This gives you access to more resources.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight infection. With excellent, regular care, HIV can be controlled. If you have received an HIV diagnosis, we can help you live a long, healthy life. If you don’t have an HIV diagnosis, we can help you reduce your risk of becoming HIV positive.
No matter what, at UW Health, you are never left to deal with HIV alone. Our HIV program gives you access to services to help you live your best life. When you access services with the HIV Care and Prevention Program, you become part of a community of caring experts.
UW Health is profoundly committed to being a diverse and inclusive environment for patients, visitors, staff and physicians. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation named us a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
Our HIV care services
Comprehensive programs for a healthy life
We provide you with the resources you need to live well with HIV. From treatment and counseling to financial help, we are your partner in health.
Our services for people living with HIV include:
Addiction and substance use treatment
Financial assistance to cover the costs of HIV care
Assistance applying for health insurance and public benefits
Medical case management
Peer mentorship and support
Psychiatry and behavioral health
HIV care team
Experts dedicated to you
Your HIV care team includes your primary HIV doctor, specialty-trained nurses, pharmacists and medical case managers.
This means you receive the most complete care available. At UW Health, we understand that you need different services at different times in your life. Our HIV care and prevention providers are always here for you.
Our linkage-to-care specialist provides short-term assistance for HIV patients. If you are newly diagnosed, you stopped HIV care or you are at risk of falling out of HIV care, we are here to help. Our specialist meets you in the community and can provide services right away.
Medical case management services
Our medical case managers are trained social workers who provide assessment, care coordination, community referrals, education and transportation assistance. We also help you get counseling and insurance and financial services.
HIV care treatments
Managing your condition for life
Treatments for HIV are most effective when you stay in the care of a medical team. Your specific plan depends on your symptoms and overall health. Our HIV teams talk with you about your lifestyle and goals. We work with you to create an HIV management plan just for you.
HIV care patient support
Support you need to live well with HIV
The UW Health HIV Care and Prevention Program gives you and your family access to resources to live well with HIV.
New patient overview
An HIV diagnosis can bring many questions. Learn what to expect from our guide for new patients. Read more
Our HIV care and prevention teams share information and resources about HIV and AIDS.
Resources for living with HIV
You can access lots of information about how to manage your HIV. We recommend the following:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC provides details about many aspects of living with the virus, from understanding your care to dealing with discrimination. Learn more
Paying for care
Our HIV Care and Prevention Program receives funding from the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The Ryan White program was created by Congress in August 1990. It is named after an Indiana teen who lost his life to AIDS-related illness. If you are uninsured or underinsured, the Ryan White program can provide financial help for medical and non-medical services. Learn more
Positive Times newsletter
The Positive Times is a quarterly newsletter that supports people living with HIV. UW Health’s HIV care teams provide information and resources to help you stay engaged in your care and treatment. The Positive Times is available in English and Spanish. Subscribe now
HIV education series
The more you know, the better you can live with HIV. Our education events provide information about HIV-related issues. Sessions are open to patients, family members and anyone interested. Subscribe to the Positive Times newsletter so we can notify you of future educational events.
HIV prevention services
Working together to prevent HIV
At UW Health, we also work to help prevent HIV.
This includes providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). PrEP is when someone at high risk for HIV takes daily medicines to lower their chances of acquiring HIV. PEP is when a person who may have recently been exposed to HIV takes medicines to lower their chances of acquiring HIV.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is an HIV-prevention pill or injection that can significantly lower your chances of acquiring HIV.
PrEP is 99% effective at reducing the risk of getting HIV from sex and 70% effective at reducing the risk of getting HIV from sharing needles. And if you’re taking gender affirming hormones, PrEP won’t weaken them.
Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, can be taken after being exposed to HIV. PEP is only for emergency situations and needs to be started within 72 hours of being exposed to HIV. The sooner you start PEP, the better. You take PEP medicines for 28 days to lower your chances of acquiring HIV. If you are at high risk for HIV, you should consider taking daily PrEP to prevent HIV.
PrEP navigation is a free, no-obligation service for you to learn more about PrEP. With this service, our PrEP navigator can help you get PrEP, help with insurance questions, affordability, transportation, referrals to other services and more. Our PrEP navigator gives you support and helps you find the services that can help reduce your risk of acquiring HIV.
We provide PrEP navigation services by phone and in person at many UW Health sites. Our PrEP navigator also works in the community.
U=U is the slogan for a movement launched by the Prevention Access Campaign. In 2016, a group of people living with HIV (PLWH) created a Consensus Statement about the risk of sexual transmission of HIV from a PLWH who has an undetectable HIV viral load. This statement explained the scientific evidence showing people on effective antiretroviral (ART) will reduce the level of HIV to "undetectable" levels, which protects their health and makes them incapable of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners, or what we call "Undetectable = Untransmittable," or U=U for short.
In addition to the consensus statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Dear Colleague letter stating that "across three different studies, including thousands of couples and many thousand acts of sex without a condom or pre-exposure (PrEP), no HIV transmissions to an HIV-negative partner were observed when the HIV-positive person was virally suppressed. This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner."
The movement and U=U slogan can be empowering information for PLWH. The U=U message may help to reduce the shame and fear many PLWH (people living with HIV/AIDS) have around sexual transmission of HIV. The message also promotes the fact that people can live a long and healthy life with HIV, which may be useful in dismantling stigma around HIV.
More information on U=U:
Prevention Access Campaign – Information and resources on U=U, including the consensus statement endorsed by numerous organizations worldwide.
10 Things to Know About HIV Suppression – Videos, FAQs and other resources on sexual transmission of HIV and what it means to be "durably undetectable." From the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).
Search for testing sites and services that you need. This online tool from HIV.gov lets you search for testing services, housing providers, health centers and other services near you.
HIV biomedical prevention
You can protect yourself from HIV with pre-exposure and post-exposure medicines. Learn about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis):
Short video with information about PrEP and how it can work inside the body to prevent HIV infection.
Explains what PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is and how it works to prevent HIV infection. Answers frequently asked questions about PrEP.
Specific information on PrEP tailored to specific populations.
Information on getting and paying for PrEP in Wisconsin.
A site developed by the UW Health HIV Care and Prevention Program about PrEP in Wisconsin, even if you are not part of the UW Health system.
Explains how PEP works to prevent HIV infection.
Doctors provide advice on taking PrEP and PEP.
Our team is ready for you
At UW Health, we want you to receive the right care at the right time. We are here if you want to talk or need information. You can call us at (608) 263-0946.
Complete HIV care
You can access resources to live well with HIV from our HIV Care and Prevention program in Madison. The program is part of the UW Health Infectious Disease Clinic.
The UW Health Infectious Disease Clinic is part of the Medical Specialty Clinic on the main floor (Floor 2) of University Hospital, along with Pulmonary and Travel Medicine.
To find these clinics:
Please enter the Hospital Entrance (revolving doors on the left as you come out of the parking ramp)
Veer left past the Gift Shop and stop at registration
From there, continue past the B Module toward Medical Specialty and check in with reception
University HospitalHIV Care and Prevention Clinic
- 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
- (608) 263-0946
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