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A patient undergoes a pin prick blood test inside a mobile health care clinic to test for the HIV virus.

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Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which absorbed the former AIDS Network in Madison in a 2015 merger, is merging with Rocky Mountain CARES, based in Denver, Colorado.

The move will allow the AIDS Resource Center, which operates an "HIV Medical Home" program that brings in additional federal dollars through Medicaid, to expand the concept to Colorado. The AIDS Resource Center will retain its name.

The federal program helped the center add a medical clinic and a pharmacy in Madison to the services the former network provided, which include dental care, behavioral health, a food pantry and social, legal and prevention services.

The merger with Rocky Mountain CARES "will help build upon the incredible work already well underway by bringing the successful HIV Medical Home model of care to Denver, helping to enhance and increase access to care, attract and retain more patients who are not currently in care or have fallen out of care, and ultimately and most importantly, help people with HIV live long, healthy lives," Michael Gifford, CEO of the AIDS Resource Center, said in a statement.

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David Wahlberg is the health and medicine reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.