HIV AIDS at Marion County Health Department
What is HIV & AIDS?
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
HIV is spread from person to person through:
sharing needles, syringes or other items that may have blood and
during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested.
Using condoms the right way every time you have sex can help prevent the spread of HIV.
If you inject drugs or anything, get into treatment to stop. That is the best way to keep you from getting HIV and/or Hepatitis C.
Otherwise, you can protect yourself from HIV and Hepatitis C by using a new syringe each time you inject.
Do not share injection equipment.
If you must share, clean syringes three times with water, three time with bleach and three times with water again between each use.
For more information visit:
HIV Basics | HIV/AIDS | CDC
- HIV testing at the Marion County Health Department is available for people at high risk for HIV. This includes Men who have Sex with Men, People who have used Injected Drugs, and Sex Partners of People Living with HIV.
- No one will be refused testing for inability to pay.
- We accept OHP
- Call 503-588-5342 for an appointment.
HIV Positive Results
- If you test positive for HIV, early medical care is very important.
- HIV Care Coordination Services are available
For more information about HIV Care Coordination, visit HIV Alliance at:
Disclaimer: This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences.