History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - People - Bios




"20 Giving 20" was part of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin's commemoration of its 20th anniversary combating the AIDS epidemic. View all 20 of those honored on the ARCW "20 giving 20" page.

James Vergeront, M.D.

As the longest-serving state AIDS director in America, James Vergeront, M.D., has remained an optimist about defeating AIDS and is proud of the progress Wisconsin has made.

"Weve had tremendous success in reducing risk behaviors among populations that are most threatened by HIV. Im pleased that the State and community organizations have pulled together to address AIDS in a comprehensive manner. We can all take pride in continuing our efforts together."

From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, Dr. Vergeront has served with distinction as the director of the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program of the Department of Health and Family Services. He is recognized throughout the country for his leadership in promoting effective prevention strategies.

As the AIDS epidemic evolved to the treatment era, Vergeront gave leadership and strong support to a unique, statewide network of care and treatment to help make health care and medications available to everyone with HIV disease in Wisconsin.

"The scientific understanding of HIV so early after it was discovered is impressive. To have discovered effective treatment by 1997 is an achievement that benefits everyone with HIV."

With thoughtfulness and dedication, Dr. Vergeront has unified and rallied Wisconsin to do its very best in response to the AIDS epidemic.

"There is amazing strength and resolve on the part of individuals affected by AIDS that is really impressive. Its very important to listen to individuals and the voice of the community, to really grasp the diversity of the people the disease affects and to make sure we meet their needs."

Photos and Text courtesy AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, copyright 2005.
Last updated: 11-May-2005.