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-positive can expose their unborn baby to HIV. However, this risk can be reduced by medical treatment and medications.
More Information For People Living With HIV
Clackamas County Public Health Division is committed to ensuring that all individuals who are HIV-positive are connected to the supports, services and resources that they need. We partner with the following organizations to provide services to HIV-positive individuals in our community:
Provides a variety of programs and services for people living with HIV, including housing assistance, Care Link services, culturally specific medical case management for Latinos and African Americans, education and supportive services, and family support.
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.
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
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.