PORTLAND, Ore – The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday launched a plan to end new HIV infections in the state. The plan is called "End HIV Oregon," and it’s a 5-year plan focusing on three crucial steps.
The first is testing, to make sure more people are tested. Only 35 percent of adult Oregonians report having ever been tested for HIV, and an estimated 1,100 people are infected with HIV, but don’t know it.
The second step is prevention, and the third is treatment.
The initiative envisions a state in which all new HIV infections are eliminated, and where people living with HIV have access to high quality health care, free from stigma and discrimination.
It builds on decades of work by community members, and public and private agencies on such programs as prevention education, syringe exchange, and quality care and treatment.
“70 percent of all people living with HIV in Oregon live in this metropolitan area surrounding Portland, that includes Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah. Washington and Yamhill counties. In the past decade, half of all new cases were Multnomah county residents,” said Multnomah County Health Director Tricia Tillman.
The new website for the program also launched Thursday, which is World AIDS Day.