Written by Mark Baker in the Register Guard on World AIDS Day – December 1, 2014
“It defies all odds,” he says of his survival thus far. “I’m well aware of that. It does not escape my thoughts. And I’m grateful.”
“I think a lot of it is attitude and a relatively healthy lifestyle,” says [Reitz], whose face is clearly worn – what he calls “the look” that AIDS patients get – by the ravages of the disease.
“It gives me something to do, and it’s a way to keep the mind focused on something else,” he says. “It’s good. It’s like you’ve accomplished something.”
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In February, HIV Alliance received a letter from Cynthia Rider, Executive Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, awarding the agency $20,000 for its “vitally important work.” The Daedalus Project of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been empowering people living with HIV/AIDS for 28 years. The funding will provide critical support to HIV Alliance’s HIV and Hepatitis C prevention programs in southern Oregon.
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In 2009, there were an estimated 16,000 acute Hepatitis C virus infections reported in the United States.
An estimated 3.2 million persons in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection. Most people do not know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick.
Approximately 75%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection.
One in one hundred Americans has Hepatitis C: Reuters reported in March of 2014 that a CDC analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003–2010 indicated that 1 percent of Americans (2.7 million) older than 6 had chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections that could damage their livers severely with time.
For more statistics on HIV/AIDS in the state of Oregon please go to: Oregon Health Authority: State and Local statistics
As of December 31, 2012 there were
According to recent data, Lane County has the 4th highest prevalence rate in the state and the 5 highest number of new HIV/AIDS diagnosis. As of 2006 there are 296 reported Living HIV/AIDS cases in Lane County (86.3/100,000). In addition there were 14 new HIV/AIDS diagnosis (with average of approximately 17 each year).
HIV Incidence in Lane County mirrors much of our prevalence data. Most new diagnoses are among men, particularly men who have sex with other men. In 2006, 64 percent of new diagnoses were men who reported having sex with other men. For women, the most common report risk was heterosexual sex. Oregon’s incidence data reflects similar trends, with 72% of new diagnoses being men who reported having sex with other men. And the most common reported risk for women was heterosexual sex.
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