24 new HIV cases reported in Indiana outbreak, 130 total

In this April 1, 2015 photo, local and state law enforcement officials participate in a training session for HIV/AIDS in Austin, Indiana. The state's Joint Information Center said Friday, April 10, 2015 that as of Thursday there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak. (AP Photo/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)

AUSTIN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana health officials say there are two dozen new HIV cases in southeastern Indiana, bringing the outbreak’s total cases to 130.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday there are now 120 confirmed HIV cases and 10 preliminary positive cases. That’s up from 106 last week.

Those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the area. The outbreak among intravenous drug users is centered in the city of Austin.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams called the new numbers a “significant increase.” Scott County typically sees only about five new HIV cases a year.

Gov. Mike Pence temporarily waived Indiana’s ban on needle-exchange programs for only Scott County. Officials say so far 5,322 clean syringes have been provided to 86 participants. That’s twice the number previously reported.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments are closed.