Latest update for Indiana HIV outbreak
The Indiana State Department of Health provides updates about the outbreak every Tuesday and Thursday.
The report states that the total number of HIV cases now amounts to 149; 146 of these cases have been confirmed, while three remain preliminary positive cases.
The Austin Community Outreach Center, located at 2277 West Frontage Road in Austin, Indiana, provides a variety of services for HIV patients and their families. Grace Covenant Church provides a free shuttle service for individuals who need transportation to and from the Community Outreach Center.
In partnership with state and local agencies, the Austin Community Outreach Center began its services on March 30, 2015. The center provides birth certificates, access to state-issued ID cards, HIV car coordination, substance abuse referrals, enrollment in HIP 2.0 insurance, job counseling, local training, HIV testing, as well as vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B and tetanus.
Since the center began its services in March, a total of 933 people have used the center. Two hundred of these people requested HIV testing, 82 needed access to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 176 needed immunizations, 36 needed HIV-care coordination, 60 needed LifeSpring Mental Health Services and 142 needed access to vital records at the Department of Health.
Every Tuesday, the ABC Health Clinic provides additional testing for potential HIV patients at the Scott County Health Department and Foundations Family Medicine.