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HIV Numbers Wobble In Oregon

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The virus itself in an electron microscope.

HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is not as scary as it once was.  Testing positive for HIV used to mean a progression into AIDS, and an early death.  Treatments for people with HIV have improved vastly. 

And the numbers of cases have generally trended downward.  But parts of the region, including Coos County, have noticed an uptick in HIV reports. 

The Oregon Health Authority keeps an eye on numbers, causes, and treatments.  The HIV Alliance in Eugene provides case management for HIV patients in 13 counties, including Coos.OHA's Dr. Sean Schafer, medical director of the HIV program, gives us an update, with Amanda McCluskey, Program Director at the HIV Alliance.  Both organizations are part of the End HIV campaign.

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.