MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Latest update concerning HIV outbreak and health services in Indiana

Latest update concerning HIV outbreak in Indiana | Courtesy of worldatlas.com
Health professionals from the state of Indiana recently released the latest update about the HIV outbreak occurring in the southeastern portion of the state.

The total number of confirmed HIV cases located in southeastern Indiana now stands at 153.

Health care workers are providing services in a system similar to a One-Stop Shop located in the Austin Community Outreach Center, 2277 W. Frontage Road, Austin, Indiana. The center’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are from noon to 6 p.m.

The ISDH One-Stop Shop can provide care coordination, HIV testing, vaccinations for tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and substance abuse referrals. There are also birth certificates, state-issued ID cards, local training for employment, job counseling, HIV testing, HIV car coordination, HIP 2.0 insurance enrollment, and substance abuse referrals available.

The Grace Covenant Church has agreed to provide shuttle services. Individuals who require the shuttle service need to contact the Community Outreach Center in Austin for more information.

Health officials estimate that approximately 1,113 people have used services at the Center. Two-hundred-fifty of these people enrolled in HIP 2.0 insurance, 230 received HIV testing, 231 received immunizations, 167 accessed the Department of Health Vital Records, 90 accessed the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 67 received LifeSpring mental health services, 49 received HIV care coordination, and 29 received job referrals through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

An estimated 10,469 needles have been turned in, and an additional 13,001 needles have been provided.