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Regional effort begins to raise awareness regarding HIV

A new effort by the Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living, in conjunction with the state, aims to raise awareness regarding HIV in rural communities. (The Enterprise/FILE).

ONTARIO – The Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living recently joined forces with the state to encourage people who live in rural areas of eastern Oregon to get tested for HIV, the virus that triggers AIDS.

AIDs, or human immunodeficiency virus, destroys specific cells in the immune system which makes it easier for infections to enter and spread in the body.

About 1.1 million people in the U.S. live with HIV and about 38,000 new infections occur every year.

The new campaign will run through July and focuses on Pendleton, Hermiston, La Grande, Ontario and surrounding areas. The effort will include newspaper, radio, digital and . . .