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James “Bo” Reitz’s Map Quest

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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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Awards HIV Alliance

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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National Hepatitis C Statistics


How common is acute Hepatitis C in the United States?

In 2009, there were an estimated 16,000 acute Hepatitis C virus infections reported in the United States.

How common is chronic Hepatitis C 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.

How likely is it that acute Hepatitis C will become chronic?

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.

National HIV Statistics


  • More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSMa), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV.
  • By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
  • CDC estimates that approximately 50,000 people in the United States are newly infected with HIV each year. In 2010 (the most recent year that data are available), there were an estimated 47,500 new HIV infections.a Nearly two thirds of these new infections occurred in gay and bisexual men. Black/African American men and women were also highly affected and were estimated to have an HIV incidence rate that was almost 8 times as high as the incidence rate among whites.

Oregon Statistics

The Epidemiologic Profile of HIV/AIDS in Oregon states that “HIV remains an important public health problem in Oregon. From 1981 through 2012, 9,307 Oregonians were diagnosed and reported with HIV infection; approximately 40% have since died.
Since 1997, approximately 274 new diagnoses were reported each year in Oregon.  The number of Oregon cases living with HIV has continued to increase each year, nearly doubling from 2,753 in 1997 to 5,581 in 2012.”

For more statistics on HIV/AIDS in the state of Oregon please go to:  Oregon Health Authority: State and Local statistics

Lane County HIV Statistics


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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