AIDS

Florence health officials are concerned over a recent uptick in HIV infections. The small coastal community has seen a 300 percent increase since 2015.

Six Florence residents have tested positive in just the last few months. HIV Alliance is partnering with PeaceHealth Medical to provide free testing, counseling and referral services. Alliance’s Program Director Amanda McCluskey.

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HIV-aids kills more than 13,000 Americans every year. The Center for Disease Control estimates if every person knew their HIV status, there would be a 96 percent drop in the spread of the virus.

HIV Alliance To Host LGBTQ Health Fair

Feb 28, 2014

Even though progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, the disease still requires continued education. Saturday, the HIV Alliance is holding a health fair aimed at addressing the specific needs of the LGBTQ community. Lane County Health and Human Services Spokesman Jason Davis says even though advances have been made to fight the disease, it's still serious.

Davis: "There still is no cure and individuals can still and should still engage themselves in preventative practices to avoid the circumstance all-together."

World AIDS Day

HIV / AIDS was once a high-profile communicable disease. Due in part to effective medications, it has fallen in the public's awareness. Sunday's "World AIDS Day" hopes to renew focus on HIV.

World AIDS Day was established in 1988, at the height of the epidemic. Now, the deadly condition can be managed and those infected can live full lives. However, because it's not in the spotlight, fewer people are being tested.

Susan McCreedy is the Deschutes County Health Educator. She says she's been shocked by a surge of new AIDS diagnoses in the past five years.