$26 million federal grant to boost HIV treatment in Indiana

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FILE – In this April 21, 2015 file photo, new needles which clients can get as part of the needle exchange program at the Austin Community Outreach Center are displayed in Austin, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Department of Health has received a $26 million federal grant that officials say will help provide treatment and counseling to people with HIV.

The agency says the 2017 Ryan White Supplemental Award will make more services available by funding psychiatric nurse practitioners and mental health and addiction counselors.

Officials will seek funding requests from health care providers, concentrating in the 10 counties around the state with the most HIV cases — Allen, Clark, Lake, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Scott, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo.

The department says more than 12,000 people living in Indiana have HIV and about 500 cases of HIV or AIDS were newly diagnosed in the state last year.