- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State officials say more than two dozen people are now taking part in a needle-exchange program aimed at stemming an HIV outbreak in a rural southern Indiana county.

Indiana’s Joint Information Center said Saturday that 29 people had participated in Scott County’s needle-exchange program by Thursday. Those participants have received 1,151 clean syringes and returned 437 used ones.

Gov. Mike Pence temporarily waived Indiana’s ban on needle-exchange programs in a March 26 order authorizing one solely for Scott County. The program began there April 4.

Needle-sharing among intravenous drug users has spurred the outbreak, and 106 people had tested positive for HIV by Thursday.

Health officials say all of those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the county about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

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