Douglas County Health and Social Services

Douglas County
Health and Social Services Department


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

9/1/2008

Media Contact:
Dawnelle Marshall
Community Health Division Director
(541) 440-2761
 

HIV Rapid Testing Offered Throughout County

Douglas County Health and Social Services and the HIV Resource Center are now offering the OraQuick Advance HIV-1/2 Rapid Test. This rapid HIV test provides results in is as little as 20 minutes. This type of test is done using oral fluid from the mouth, and does not require a blood draw. Low-cost rapid HIV testing is available by appointment at Douglas County Health and Social Services locations:

Roseburg Clinic
621 West Madrone,
(541) 440-3521

Reedsport Clinic
680 Fir Avenue
(541) 271-4835

Drain Clinic
316 West A Avenue
(541) 836-7311

Rapid HIV testing is also available at the HIV Resource Center, 832 NW Highland, Roseburg, (541) 440-2761, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. No appointment necessary.

Using a rapid HIV test increases the number of HIV-infected persons who may be diagnosed. “We are really excited to work with the health department to provide the latest HIV testing technology to the community,” said Billy Russo, Executive Director of the HIV Resource Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly one third of the estimated 900,000 HIV-infected persons in the United States do not know their HIV status.

As a result, they cannot benefit from early intervention with effective antiviral therapy. Rapid HIV testing addresses this issue by providing results during the initial visit and enabling immediate counseling. “Typically, with the previous HIV tests, clients had to wait two weeks for test results and only about 70% of persons came back for results. For clients that choose the rapid test, it will mean 100% of these clients will get their HIV results,” says Dawnelle Marshall, Community Health Division Director.

HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It is possible for a person to have the virus for months or years before any signs of illness appear. This virus weakens the body’s ability to fight off infections. As a result, people with AIDS develop serious infections, cancers, and can die.

HIV spreads through contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or breast milk from infected people. Contact can come from unsafe sex. It can also come from sharing used needles and syringes. Infected women can pass the virus to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding.

People do not become infected with HIV through everyday casual contact. The virus is not spread from contact with sweat, tears, saliva, or a casual kiss from an infected person. Nor can people become infected from contact with forks, cups, clothes, phones, toilet seats, or other things used by someone who is infected with HIV. People do not become infected from eating food prepared by an HIV-infected person.

For more information, visit www.co.douglas.or.us/health/ph/hivprevent.htm.

 
621 W. Madrone
Roseburg, Oregon 97470-3090
541-440-3500 • 800-234-0985 • 541-440-3548
www.co.douglas.or.us/dch/


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