Prevention Works

There are a variety of HIV prevention tools out there that we know work! Whether it's condoms and lubricant, safer sex and prevention education, syringe exchange, PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), or testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Oregonians have a variety of tools to help them prevent HIV. It’s an exciting time because we also have new tools to prevent HIV, including PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily pill to prevent infection. 

Our Vision:

100% of Oregonians at high-risk of infection have access to PrEP, a daily pill to prevent HIV

Where we’re at:

Because PrEP is a new tool, we don’t yet know how many people need it, how many are on it, or how many doctors prescribe it. We are collecting this information and working on initiatives to get PrEP to Oregonians who need it.


Why prevention matters so much


Proven tools like use of condoms and lubricant have helped maintain low levels of new HIV infection in Oregon.

Syringe exchange keeps people who use Injection drugs safe from diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

HIV medicines can reduce a person’s chance of spreading HIV by up to 96%.

Taking PEP can help prevent HIV after one-time potential exposures. New tools, like PrEP, a daily pill to prevent infection, can help us end new infections; when taken consistently, PrEP can reduce the risk of becoming HIV infected by more than 90%.


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