Treatment saves lives
HIV does not have to be the deadly disease it was in the 1980s. Today Oregonians with HIV are living longer, healthier lives with the help of HIV medications. People who take daily HIV treatment, as prescribed, can maintain an undetectable viral load (meaning their HIV medicines are working so well that there is an extremely low amount of virus in their blood). HIV positive people with an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners. For people who do learn they have HIV, there are a number of free resources available to help them finding a medical provider and get the help, support, and medications they need.
100% of Oregonians taking HIV medications achieve the health goal of being virally suppressed–this means that the amount of virus in a person’s body is greatly reduced and their risk of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners is effectively zero.
Where we’re at:
76% of Oregonians with HIV are virally suppressed.
Why treatment matters so much
With HIV treatments, people are living longer, healthy lives.
HIV treatments works to lower the amount of the virus in the blood and keep the immune system strong. Taking medications to treat HIV correctly and consistently increases the likelihood of viral suppression. Programs like Oregon Reminders can help people to remember to take their HIV medications every day.
People who take daily HIV treatment, as prescribed, and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners. If all Oregonians who know they are HIV infected were virally suppressed, we could prevent over two-thirds of new HIV infections.
Effective HIV treatment allows pregnant women with HIV to give birth to babies that are HIV free.