In the Gresham (Multnomah County, Oregon) area, about 3,535 people live with HIV or AIDS, according to the Oregon Health Authority. About 19% of Oregon’s population lives in Multnomah County, but 47% of people with HIV or AIDS in the state reside in the county.
Health officials indicate higher diagnosis rates in certain populations such as blacks, Hispanics and men who have sex with men.
In Oregon as a whole, HIV diagnosis numbers are trending downward. However, more people are living with HIV or AIDS because life expectancies are much longer. For both males and females in Oregon, the average age at diagnosis is 38 years.
Oregon rates for STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are increasing. Officials attribute the increase to more screenings, decreases in condom use, drug use during sex that lowers inhibition, and limited public health infrastructure, among other factors.
Multnomah County health officials encourage sexually active people to get tested for STDs regularly, especially if they meet people through dating apps for anonymous encounters.
Free STD testing can be hard to find in Gresham itself. Portland has more options such as Pivot at Prism Health. It does free screenings for a few STDs during limited hours, and the LGBTQ community is Pivot’s main focus.
It is also possible to access low-cost testing, especially if you are able to travel to Portland. Another downside of free or low-cost testing includes the potentially long wait times to be seen.
One more thing: Teens in Oregon do not need a parent’s permission to get an HIV or STD test.