Sunday, June 9: HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin: Oral Histories

pridefest_milwaukee_stonewall_stageJoin our tribute to all lives impacted by HIV and AIDS Sunday, June 9 at the Stonewall Stage.

In the fight against AIDS, we have to look back at where we have been as well as toward the future.

This presentation will start with a short look at the oral history interviews of the Wisconsin HIV/AIDS History Project. In total there are 23 hours of interviews with people who were and are deeply involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Then, the presentation will turn toward the present and the future. A lot has changed in the realm of HIV prevention and care in the past few years. Come learn more about cutting edge science that will reduce new HIV transmissions and updates on where we are in the efforts to find a cure. We also discuss efforts happening in Wisconsin to reduce HIV stigma.

Our speakers include:

pridefest_milwaukee_lindawespLinda Wesp, PhD, APNP is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and Certified HIV Specialist.

She has worked in community-based health care settings with LGBTQ populations for over 15 years. She is honored to have had the opportunity to work as the coordinator for the UW Milwaukee Library Archives Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Oral History project in 2017-2018.

Listen to oral history interviews at the project website.


Jacob Dougherty is the HIV Prevention Coordinator with the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program at the Department of Health Services based in Madison.

pridefest_milwaukee_jacob_doughertyIn this role, he provides training, technical assistance, and grant monitoring to staff at agencies funded by the state program and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide HIV prevention services.

Some of the program areas he works on include HIV testing, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), community planning, and social marketing/media campaigns.

He has been with the state program since 2014, and prior to that he worked at Diverse & Resilient in Milwaukee as Data and Compliance Manager for their HIV prevention program.