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HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education

What is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), a potentially deadly condition. By killing or damaging cells of your body's immune system, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. People diagnosed with AIDS may get life-threatening diseases called opportunistic infections, which are caused by microbes such as viruses or bacteria that usually do not make healthy people sick.

How is HIV transmitted?

HIV is transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk. It is not transmitted through saliva, tears or urine. Exposure to HIV may occur during unprotected sex or by sharing needles and other drug injection equipment. Pregnant women who are HIV+ can expose their unborn baby to HIV. However, this risk can be reduced by medical treatment and medications.

Where can I get HIV testing in Clackamas County?

Clackamas County Health Centers offers free, confidential HIV testing for those who qualify at the Beavercreek Clinic and Sunnyside Health & Wellness Center:

Additional testing services avaliable in Clackamas County:

More Information for People Living with HIV

Clackamas County Public Health Division is committed to ensuring that all individuals who are HIV+ are connected to the supports, services and resources that they need. We partner with the following organizations to provide services to HIV+ individuals in our community:

Oregon HIV/STD Hotline

Oregon HIV/STD Hotline

Partnership Project
The Partnership Project provides case management to people living with HIV to ensure access to information, treatment and support services.
For more information, contact Partnership Project Medical Case Management Team at 503-230-1202

Cascade AIDS Project
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) provides a variety of programs and services for people living with HIV. Services include housing assistance, Care Link services for those who are newly diagnosed with HIV or who have been out of care, culturally specific medical case management for Latinos and African Americans, education and supportive services, and family support. CAP also operates Pivot, a drop-in health and wellness community center for gay/bi/trans men located in downtown Portland.
For more information, call 503-223-5907.

Quest Center for Integrative Health
Quest Center for Integrative Health offers holistic support services for people living with HIV/AIDS including individual and group mental health counseling, support groups, acupuncture, nutrition education and peer mentoring. Quest Center also offers Women of Wisdom, the only program exclusively for HIV-positive women and their children in Oregon and SW Washington.
For more information, call 503-238-5203.

Our House of Portland
Our House provides healthcare, housing, and other vital services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Services range from regular in-home visits by clinical staff to 24-hour residential skilled nursing services. Our House also operates Esther's Pantry which provides food and personal care items and Tod's Corner which provides free clothing, household goods and pet food for people living with HIV/AIDS.
For more information, call 503-234-0175.

Apoyo Latino
Línea telefónica que ofrece información sobre VIH/SIDA y la salud sexual. Personal bilingüe disponible de lunes a viernes.
Llámanos: 1-800-499-6940.

The Body en Español

Additional Resources

CDC's List of HIV/AIDS Frequently Asked Questions

Hepatitis ABCs

Note: Clackamas County Health Centers provides vaccinations to qualifying individuals for the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B viruses on a sliding scale. Call 503-655-8471 for more information or for an appointment.

If you have questions or need information about HIV prevention services and resources, please contact Clackamas County Public Health Division at 503-742-5300.

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