About AIDS Walk Wisconsin


AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run is the largest HIV fundraising event in Wisconsin. Now in its 30th year, the Walk/Run has raised more than $13.5 million for the fight against AIDS. Taking place along Milwaukee’s lakefront, the event has brought together more than 130,000 walkers and volunteers since 1990, who raise pledges to help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives.

The event starts and finishes at the Summerfest Grounds. Highlights include morning entertainment and activities, continental breakfast and an opening program with special guests. The route is fully supported with themed rest stops, medical support, and food/water.

Nationally-recognized HIV activists Naina Khanna, Mondo Guerra and Cleve Jones will all serve as Honorary Co-Chairs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the largest HIV fundraising event in Wisconsin. Past honorary chairs include Jane Lynch, Taye Diggs, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, Tim Gunn, Clay Matthews, Bette Midler, Ryan Braun, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Bon Iver.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run is produced by the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

About the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW)

ARCW is one of the largest and fastest growing AIDS service organizations in the country, and a nationally renowned center for excellence in HIV health care. Through its integrated medical, dental and mental health clinics; pharmacy and medication assistance program; comprehensive HIV prevention efforts; and dedicated services such as food pantries, housing, legal representation and social work case management, patients gain the health care and support they need for long-term survival with HIV disease.

Thanks to quality health care and services like those provided by ARCW, people with HIV in Wisconsin live longer than in any other state in the country. For HIV patients, an undetectable viral load is the highest standard of disease management. At ARCW, 90% of patients have an undetectable viral load.

At ARCW, no person is turned away due to inability to pay for services. Among ARCW patients, 94% live in poverty.

Currently six out of 10 young people with HIV don’t know they carry the disease. As the need for services continues to grow, ARCW is dedicated to staying on the forefront of HIV health care and preventing the spread of AIDS.

Why We Walk

We walk to make the fight against AIDS stronger.

Today, more than 6,900 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin and it's estimated that an additional 1,000 are undiagnosed but living with the disease. We walk to make sure that anyone who is living with HIV in Wisconsin has access to life-saving health care and social programs.

When you register and fundraise, you help people living with HIV live longer, healthier lives.

About HIV/AIDS and Resources

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Facts

The Wisconsin HIV/ STD/ Hepatitis C Information and Referral Center 

Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Program 


Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The Body.com - Complete HIV/AIDS Recource Guide