Prevention and Testing
Absent a cure for HIV, prevention and education are our best strategies for ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Here at CAP we recognize that everybody, no matter who they are, can gain the information and skills to keep themselves and their communities safe. We work with individuals, couples, families, communities, policy makers, schools, the media and more to ensure that everyone has access to the resources we all need to prevent the spread of HIV.
The National HIV/AIDS Situation:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 56,300 new infections each year. Click here for more information on national trends.
Every 9.5 minutes somebody new is infected with HIV. Click here to see more about this campaign, with some ideas on how you can make a difference nationally.
Approximately 1 in 5 people who have HIV do not know they are infected. This is in part because of the stigma surrounding getting tested. Here at CAP, we offer HIV testing to anyone who wants a test, because we believe that Knowing Your Status is the first way to help prevent the spread of HIV. Click here for more information on testing on a national level. Or click here to link to our testing opportunities.
Several populations are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Namely, racial and ethnic minorities, women and youth, and gay/bisexual men. That is why, as you look into our prevention and education efforts, you might see that we have specific programs and opportunities for folks in these communities. To learn more about Health Disparities around HIV/AIDS on a national level, click here.
The Local HIV/AIDS Situation and CAP’s Services:
Over 5,000 Oregonians are living with HIV, and we have approximately 275 new diagnoses every year. Click here for a thorough explanation of these statistics, and more information on HIV/AIDS in Oregon.
Because here in Oregon we are still seeing rates of HIV infection rise, CAP is dedicated to responding to the epidemic locally.
As a service to our entire state, we offer the Oregon HIV/STD Hotline, where anyone who has questions or needs resources can call or look at our website and get help and answers from trained staff and volunteers.
Here at CAP we offer rapid HIV testing for all—our goal is to make HIV testing an easily accessible, normal part of the lives of the folks in our communities.
In the Portland-Metro area we have many programs to work with specific communities—programs for racial/ethnic minorities, youth, and gay and bisexual men. If you want to get involved but you’re not sure how, just contact us and we can help you find what you need.