Prevention
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Prevention Programs

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HIV Alliance is committed to preventing new HIV infections.  In Oregon, the populations most at risk for HIV are: gay/bi men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and partners of people living with HIV/AIDS (P/PLWHA).  Our prevention programs are committed to reducing risk amongst these populations.

Our programs for men who have sex with men (MSM) are housed under the Alliance for Men’s Wellness.  These programs include outreach and recruitment into testing for the MSM community Unzipped Alliance, Party Unzipped, The Alliance for Men’s Wellness newsletter and our Regional Health Fairs are all facets of this program.

Our programs for people who inject drugs (PWID) are focused around our needle exchange program, an evidence based intervention proven to reduce HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) infections.  Embedded in our needle exchange program is our Hepatitis C (HCV) program to improve access to healthcare to those living with HCV.  A HCV/HIV dual infection can be incredibly challenging.  Our Hepatitis C Community Health Worker helps our HCV clients manage their Hepatitis C disease and remain HIV negative.

The partners of people living with HIV/AIDS can be particularly at-risk for contracting HIV.  We assist these individuals by educating our clients living with HIV on safer sex and disclosure practices through our Guys Like Us program.  We also offer testing and risk reduction counseling to the partners of all our HIV-positive clients.  We provider a space for anyone who feels at risk for HIV to contact our prevention manager with any questions they might have.

Testing Times and Locations


Weekly HIV/HCV Testing and Syringe Exchange Schedule

Eugene (1195A City View St):

Day Testing Time  NEX Time  NEX Location
Monday 5-7 pm @HIVA  6-7:30 pm  End of Blair**
Tuesday 5-7 pm @HIVA  11-1 pm  HIVA
Wednesday No testing  6-7:30 pm  End of Blair*
Thursday 6 pm-8 pm @HIVA  6-7:30 pm  Spfd+S 18th &A*
Friday 1 pm-5 pm @HIVA  1-5 pm  HIVA

** Wound care doctor on site!

* Naloxone training on site!

Roseburg (647 W. Luellen Dr, Suite 103):

Day Testing Time NEX Time NEX Location
Monday 11 am – 3:30 pm 11 – 4 pm  HIVA Roseburg
Tuesday 11 am – 3:30 pm 11 – 4 pm  HIVA Roseburg
Wednesday 11 am – 3:30 pm 11 – 4 pm  HIVA Roseburg
Thursday No Testing  No NEX
Friday 11 am – 2:30 pm  11 – 3 pm  HIVA Roseburg

Note: Free testing is generally limited to “high-risk” populations. To see if  you are “high-risk” please visit Testing Information. During the KNOW YOURS campaign testing is free for all, with a $25 suggested donation, if possible.

In the community:

Wayward Lamb (150 W Broadway, Eugene, OR)  – Testing on 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5 pm – 7 pm.

  • We/Us/Ours NEX 5-8 pm last Wednesday of every month.

Grants Pass NEX (132 Northeast B St 23, Grants Pass, OR ) – 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 1:30- 3 pm  at Newman United Methodist.

 

STI/STD Testing: 

The HIV Alliance offers STI/STD Testing on Fridays from 2-4pm at the Eugene HIV Alliance for those with Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

We can test for:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis

Many STI/STDs typically have no symptoms.  Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STI/STD. If you’ve had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex, come in during these hours on Fridays and we can help determine which tests are right for you.

HIV Testing Information

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HIV Alliance offers FREE, confidential OraQuick Rapid Tests (results in 20 minutes).

We are currently able to test people in populations with a high prevalence of HIV. We recommend that high-risk populations test for HIV every 6 weeks.

High-risk populations include:

  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • People who inject drugs (PWID) 
  • Sexual partners of people living with HIV/AIDS (P/PLWHA)
  • Females who have had sex with a man who has sex with other men (MSM)
  • Sexual partners of people who inject drugs (PWID).

Those who do not fit into the high risk categories are welcome to come in 5-7 pm on Mondays.  

Hepatitis C (HCV) Testing

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HIV Alliance offers FREE, confidential OraQuick Rapid Tests (results in 20 minutes).

This means that we administer a quick finger prick blood test with quick and accurate results.

We are currently able to test people in populations with a high prevalence of HCV. We recommend that high-risk populations test for HCV every 6 weeks.

High-risk populations include:

  • People who inject drugs (PWID) 
  • People who had tattoos or body piercings in an unclean environment using unsterile equipment.
  • People who worked in a place where you came in contact with infected blood or needles, for example, healthcare worker.
  • People who have received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992.
  • People with HIV or other STIs.
  • People who live with or are partners of people with HCV.
  • People born between 1945 – 1965.

We are also able to test those who are not considered “at-risk” on Mondays.

Those who do not fit into the high risk categories are welcome to come in 5-7 pm on Mondays.  

For more information on testing days and times please visit our testing calendar.

 

Alliance for Men’s Wellness

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The Alliance for Men’s Wellness aims to increase community understanding about the challenges that gay and bisexual men have in accessing health care and to actively engage gay and bisexual men in advocating for and improving their health and in HIV prevention.  One way we accomplish this is by sponsoring health fairs in different areas in our region.

For more information please fill out the form below.

Needle Exchange

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The Needle Exchange program aims to protect public safety and community health by reducing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C due to people sharing syringes. The program works to keep sterile syringes accessible so that those who inject drugs or hormones do not feel a need to share their syringes and risk becoming infected with HIV, HCV, or another blood borne disease.

Syringe Exchange for Injection Drug Users

We provide syringe exchange services to injection drug users. We provide new needles and accept used syringes for disposal. We are a one for one exchange and have safer injection kits available for clients who don’t have used needles to exchange. We provide sharps containers and safer injection supplies as funding allows, including alcohol wipes, cottons and bandaids. We have a wound care doctor available (on these days) and we are providing overdose prevention kits (on these days).

Exchange Locations

Lane County (1195 City View St.):

Eugene Office – 1195 City View St. 97402

Springfield – S. 18th and A (click here for a map of our new location)

Blair – end of Blair St.

Day Time Location
Monday 6pm-7:30pm Blair
Tuesday 11am-1pm Office
Wednesday 6pm-7:30pm Blair
Thursday 6pm-7:30pm Springfield
Friday 1pm-5pm Office

Roseburg (647 W. Luellen Dr, Suite 103):

Day Time Location
Monday 11am-3:30pm Office
Tuesday 11am-3:30pm Office
Wednesday 11am-3:30pm Office
Thursday 11am-3:30pm Office
Friday 11am-2:30pm Office

Josephine (Newman’s Church):

1st and 3rd  Thursdays                     Testing                 1:30-3:30pm                 NEX                        12-3pm

The mission of HIV Alliance’s Needle Exchange is to:
  • Stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Increase access to health care, drug treatment and detox for people who inject drugs (PWID)
  • Decrease the presence of contaminated syringes in the local community.
Our Approach to Treatment

We look to support the health of people who inject drugs, as well as their families and sexual partners. Many find that quitting drugs improves their lives, BUT, this does not work for everyone, and it is an individual decision. We do not push people to get into treatment. We help those who choose to do so by giving referrals, advocacy, and counseling on the issue. All services are confidential.

Syringe Exchange for Hormone Injectors
We provide syringe exchange services to people in the Transgender Community who inject hormones. We provide needles and syringes most commonly used to inject hormones and accept used syringes for disposal. We also provide sharps containers and safer injection supplies as funding allows, including alcohol wipes and bandaids. Trans NEX happens on the last Wednesday of every month from 5-8pm at the Wayward Lamb during the We/Us/Ours social hour put on by Transponder. Free HIV testing is available.

Trans syringe exchange is available every last Wednesdays of the month from 5-8pm at the Wayward Lamb, 150 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

Syringe Exchange for Injection Drug Users

We provide syringe exchange services to injection drug users. We provide new needles and accept used syringes for disposal. We are a one for one exchange and have safer injection kits available for clients who don’t have used needles to exchange. We provide sharps containers and safer injection supplies as funding allows, including alcohol wipes, cottons and bandaids. We have a wound care doctor available (on these days) and we are providing overdose prevention kits (on these days).

Exchange Locations

Lane County (1195 City View St.):

Eugene Office – 1195 City View St. 97402

Springfield – S. 18th and A

Blair – end of Blair St.

Day Time Location
Monday 6pm-7:30pm Blair
Tuesday 11am-1pm Office
Wednesday 6pm-7:30pm Blair
Thursday 6pm-7:30pm Springfield
Friday 1pm-5pm Office

Roseburg (647 W. Luellen Dr, Suite 103):

Day Time Location
Monday 11am-3:30pm Office
Tuesday 11am-3:30pm Office
Wednesday 11am-3:30pm Office
Thursday 11am-3:30pm Office
Friday 11am-2:30pm Office

Josephine (Newman’s Church):

1st and 3rd  Thursdays                     Testing                 1:30-3:30pm                 NEX                        12-3pm

HIV Alliance is the only agency providing comprehensive syringe exchange programs in Lane, Douglas, and Josephine Counties, but we need your help to continue doing so. Please consider making a small donation today. With each dollar, we are able to purchase 10 new syringes. It truly makes a differenceClick here to make a difference today!

Hepatitis (HCV) Community Health Program

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The HCV Community Health Program at HIV Alliance is designed to help people living with HCV in Lane County to stabilize and maintain their health through support, advocacy, referral services, and emergency financial assistance.  Clients struggling to meet basic needs can work with our Community Health Worker to access transportation and nutrition assistance.

In September 2014, we began a partnership with Food For Lane County to insure that our HCV clients are receiving healthy food on a regular basis.

 

Hepatitis C (HCV) Treatment

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The better you take care of yourself, the slower that the damage to the liver. On average, it takes 20 years to develop symptoms for chronic HCV. With alcohol or HIV, the average number drops to 7 years. So whether or not medicine is available, taking better care of your body will help.

There are 6 HCV genotypes. Treatment success is dependent on genotype and has a 40 – 80% chance of being successful. All genotypes result in the same level of liver damage.

Side effects of medicine include flu-like symptoms, muscle and joint pain, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, dry skin anxiety, insomnia, and depression. They vary greatly in number and severity based on the person.

 

Harm Reduction Coalition

Harm Reduction Coalition

The Harm Reduction Coalition is a quarterly meeting discussing health and wellness of people who inject drugs.  The Coalition’s goals include:

  • Increase provider and community awareness about issues facing people who inject drugs
  • Engage people who inject drugs in their care and wellness
  • Promote principles of Harm Reduction

For more information or to attend a meeting contact the Prevention Manager at 541.342.5088.

 

 

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