Group fights racial disparities in HIV/AIDS treatment

Group fights racial disparities in HIV/AIDS treatment

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is working to eliminate racial disparities in care for people with HIV and AIDS.

The organization’s president and CEO came to the Madison care center Wednesday from the Milwaukee office to speak with local business and community leaders on the issue.

Two years ago, a white person in the U.S. with HIV or AIDS was twice as likely to be living a healthy life, achieving total viral suppression, than a black person with the virus.

Today, Wisconsin’s disparity is only 4 percent.

“But that’s not enough,” said ARCW president and CEO Michael Gifford. “This facility, the integrated services, will help close that gap here in Madison and ultimately around the state of Wisconsin.”

The Madison care center offers a wide range of integrated services to help patients, including medical, mental health and dental care.

ARCW serves 4,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, making it the largest organization of its kind in Wisconsin.

Its capital campaign is wrapping up and is $225,000 shy of its million dollar goal. ARCW leaders are asking anyone interested in making a donation to visit their website, arcw.org.

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