Indiana officials update numbers on HIV outbreak
Support is being offered at the Austin Community Outreach Center at 2277 West Frontage Road in Austin, Indiana. The center has collaborated with state agencies, local partners and other community leaders to open a one-stop shop for services including job HIV testing, HIV care coordination, counseling, HIP 2.0 insurance enrollment, substance abuse referrals, and vaccines for Hepatitis A and B as well as tetanus. The center can also provide state-issued ID cards and birth certificates.
A total of 534 people have used the center's services; including 130 who required HIV testing. Twenty of the 534 visitors needed HIV Care Coordination and 34 needed access to LifeSpring Mental Health Services. Additionally, 92 received vaccines, 46 required assistance with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and 121 enrolled in the HIP 2.0 Family and Social Services Administration.
Grace Covenant Church has offered a free shuttle service for HIV patients who need transportation to or from the center. Please call (317) 617-2223 to request assistance.
Health officials will continue to update the public about the HIV outbreak in Indiana every Tuesday and Friday.