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World AIDS Day: HIV Alliance Endorses Initiative To End New Infections

HIV Alliance

In honor of World AIDS Day, HIV Alliance is promoting a new initiative to highlight how treatment leads to prevention.

The new movement is known as U=U. Or “Undetectable equals Un-transmittable.”

Jesse Quinn is with HIV Alliance in Eugene.

Individual not transmit: “Individuals that are receiving HIV treatment—it can suppress the virus to undetectable levels and when an individual is undetectable they cannot transmit HIV. Which is quite incredible. And for us this is something we want to share with the world.”

Quinn says Oregon is leading the charge in terms of HIV treatment and medical case management. He says 92% of HIV Alliance clients have un-detectable viral loads compared with 59% nationwide.

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HIV Alliance supporters join in on a river walk in Eugene for World AIDS Day.

The medication, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP,) can help high risk people prevent acquisition of the HIV virus. The Alliance  holds a mini-clinic every Thursday (8:00am-7:30 pm) in the Eugene office where they can be prescribed the once-a-day pill.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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