Treatment stops the spread of HIV

New medications help people manage HIV so they can stay healthy. These medications also protect their sex partners from getting HIV.

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People living with HIV can now live long, healthy, sexually active lives

End HIV Oregon’s goal is to achieve 100% viral suppression for all people living with HIV in Oregon. With the help of HIV medications, taken as prescribed, people can maintain an undetectable viral load, which means they cannot transmit HIV to others.

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Treating HIV is essential

HIV can be treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART reduces the amount of HIV in the blood (the viral load). Reducing the viral load means people living with HIV can live longer, healthier lives and not transmit HIV to sex partners.

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Undetectable=
Untransmittable (U=U)

U=U means that people living with HIV who take their medication as prescribed and maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to others through sex. This is a liberating new reality for those living with HIV and their sex partners. U=U means more sexual freedom and reduces stigmas associated with HIV.

Oregon’s HIV care and treatment programs

People living with HIV have access to free treatment medications and support in Oregon.

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CAREAssist provides treatment services and support to people living with HIV; case managers can provide additional support

Oregon’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, called CAREAssist, provides financial help for people living with HIV by paying for medications and insurance co-pays. Case managers are available statewide to provide added support.

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The HIV Care Continuum is one tool for assessing HIV care and treatment in Oregon

Oregon’s HIV Care Continuum recognizes that ending new HIV transmissions requires more than testing and diagnosis. People living with HIV need lifelong support to maintain their health and suppress the virus.

For some, that may include help accessing medication, finding a case manager, getting into stable housing, or finding a job. Staying healthy and virally suppressed while living with HIV goes beyond taking medicine. If you’re diagnosed with HIV, know that you’re not alone. Oregon offers many support services to help you.

In Oregon, most people who are diagnosed with HIV achieve viral suppression. Rates of viral suppression in Oregon are higher than in other parts of the U.S. This suggests that Oregon’s network for HIV treatment is successful at helping many people living with HIV achieve longer, healthier lives. However, many Oregonians are living with HIV and don’t know it. To achieve Oregon’s goal of zero new HIV infections, increased testing statewide is necessary.

HIV Care Continuum

The steps that people with HIV take from diagnosis to achieving and maintaining viral suppression.

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Diagnosed
with HIV
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Linked
to care
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Received HIV
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Retained
in care
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Achieved & maintained viral suppression

Using tobacco increases the health risks for people living with HIV

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Quitting tobacco increases overall health and life expectancy by reducing the risk of significant health issues like lung cancer and other cancers, heart disease, stroke, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

There are free resources available to people who want help quitting tobacco, regardless of income or insurance status. If you’re ready to quit, the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line offers free services, including tips, information, counseling calls with a Quit Coach, and support getting Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum or lozenges). Most insurance plans, including Oregon Health Plan (OHP), cover services to help you quit tobacco.

Call the Quit Line directly at: