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Health officials announce HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana

Indiana state health officials announced Thursday that there is a quickly spreading outbreak of HIV in the southeastern portion of the state (Photo: Google Maps) Indiana state health officials announced Thursday that there is a quickly spreading outbreak of HIV in the southeastern portion of the state (Photo: Google Maps)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX19) -

Indiana state health officials announced Thursday that there is a quickly spreading outbreak of HIV in the southeastern portion of the state.

According to health officials, there have been 26 confirmed and four preliminary HIV positive cases since mid-December.  The majority of the cases are link through injection drug abuse of the prescription drug, opana.  A small number of cases have been linked through sexual transmission.  

“It's very concerning to me that most of the individuals who have tested HIV positive have only recently contracted the virus,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H, in a release. “Because prescription drug abuse is at the heart of this outbreak, we are not only working to identify, contact and test individuals who may have been exposed, but also to connect community members to resources for substance abuse treatment and recovery.”

Officials say they are working closely with local health departments, health care providers and others to contain the spread of HIV in southeastern Indiana.

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