Health professionals recently issued the latest update about this year's HIV outbreak in Southeastern Indiana, reporting 157 cases have been confirmed and one additional case has tested as preliminary positive.
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 in Austin. The center’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health can provide care coordination, HIV testing, vaccinations for tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and substance abuse referrals at the center. There are also birth certificates, state-issued ID cards, local training for employment, job counseling, HIV testing, HIV car coordination, Healthy Indiana Plan (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.
The community center has had 789 visitors, including 271 requesting HIV testing, 80 receiving HIV care coordination, and 301 enrolling in HIP 2.0.