In Lane County and in Oregon, those at highest risk for HIV infection are men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID) and partners of those living with HIV.
HIV is found in 4 body fluids (vaginal fluids, seminal fluids, blood, and breast milk). The only way to get infected with HIV is to have one of those four fluids from an infected partner get into your blood-stream and infect you. Learn more about HIV risk and transmission
. In Oregon, the highest risk behaviors for contacting HIV are sharing injection supplies and having unprotected anal and/or vaginal sex.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Oregon Health Authority recommend HIV testing for those at highest risk for HIV infection.
In Lane County and in Oregon, Gay, Bisexual and other MSM make up 60-70% of all new HIV infections. The reason MSM in Oregon are at greater risk for HIV than PWID is because of the prevalence of HIV in the community. The relatively low prevalence of HIV among PWID in Oregon is greatly accredited to an early adoption of Needle Exchange.