- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State health officials say 166 people have now tested positive for HIV in a southeastern Indiana outbreak tied to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users.

The 163 confirmed cases and three preliminary positive cases are up from a total of 163 cases last week.

Nearly all of the cases in Indiana’s largest-ever HIV outbreak have occurred in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Officials say that outbreak has been largely driven by needle-sharing among people injecting a liquefied form of the painkiller Opana.

State health officials say a state-authorized needle-exchange program in Scott County that’s aimed at combatting the outbreak now has 182 participants. That program has distributed 24,000 clean needles and collected nearly 23,700 used needles.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide