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HIV outbreak in Indiana puts spotlight on needle-sharing

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has declared an emergency as 95 HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases are confirmed


 

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana health officials say more than 100 people have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak of the virus among intravenous drug users in the central state.

The state’s Joint Information Center said Friday that as of Thursday there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak.

All of the HIV cases have been linked to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users.

Scott County, north of Louisville, Kentucky, is the epicenter of Indiana’s largest-ever HIV outbreak.

Gov. Mike Pence declared a public health emergency in the county on March 26 that allowed the creation of a limited needle-exchange program that aims to stem the spread of the virus.

 


 

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