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Indiana responds to HIV outbreak


Indiana state health leaders are expected to explain Tuesday how they are trying to combat an unprecedented HIV outbreak.
 
The deputy state health commissioner, state public nurse and law enforcement are scheduled to address the media as they tour the Austin Community Outreach Center.
 
There are 130 confirmed HIV cases statewide, the most in Scott and Jackson counties.

Scott County typically sees about five HIV cases each year. Health officials expect the number of cases to rise as more people are tested.

Officials blame intravenous drug use, in particular needle sharing, for the spike.

On Monday, Gov. Mike Pence extended a needle-exchange program in Scott County, which is about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

Pence opposes needle exchanges as part of anti-drug policy but allowed the Scott County program under his executive order. He said Monday that efforts to fight the outbreak must continue.
 
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