Indiana state health officials issued an update about the current HIV outbreak in Southeastern Indiana on Tuesday, reporting the number of HIV cases stands at 162, three of which have tested preliminary positive.
Health care workers are providing services in a system similar to a "one-stop shop" in the Austin Community Outreach Center, 2277 W. Frontage Road. The 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 center’s hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The center is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If individuals need assistance outside of center hours, they should contact the HIV testing and/or information department of the Scott County Health Department, the Indiana State Department of Health HIV Hotline, Urgent Medical Services at Scott County Memorial Hospital, or Mental Health & Addiction Services at LifeSpring Health Systems.
The Grace Covenant Church has agreed to provide shuttle services to the center. Individuals who require the shuttle can contact the Community Outreach Center in Austin for more information.