Public health emergency declared in Indiana county after HIV spike

A public health emergency has been declared in Scott County, Indiana after a rise in HIV cases. | Courtesy of

Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana's state health commissioner,  declared  a state of public health emergency on Thursday in  Scott County, effective through May 24, 2016.

The declaration was made in light of the HIV outbreak in Southeastern Indiana. There are now 160 cases of HIV in the area (159 confirmed cases and one case producing a preliminary positive test result).

In light of this data and the Scott County Health Department's  recent request for a needle-exchange program, leaders in Indiana’s health community are working hard to address the outbreak.

On May 13, Scott County commissioners and the county's health department met to discuss the request for a needle-exchange program. On May 15, a public hearing was held in Scott County to discuss the program, then the request was sent to Adams for approval.

“We have had over 1,400 services utilized at the One-Stop Shop in Austin, all at no cost to the individual, including more than 300 people who have signed up for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0,” Adams said. “We know our efforts are working, and I thank all of our partners, at the state, local and federal level, for their continued support during this emergency.”

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