Indiana health officials met on June 16 to discuss the long-term planning process to address the transition and response to the HIV outbreak that occurred in the southeastern region of the state.
According to the latest update, the number of cases from the outbreak now stands at 170. Of these cases, 169 have been confirmed and one remains preliminary positive.
Attendees determined that the goals are to suppress and maintain the community’s viral load and offer the services that are necessary for the care and diagnosis of HIV positive people, as well as high-risk negatives residing within the county. Some of this will be accomplished through the Scott County Health Department needle exchange program with collaboration and coordination at a local level.
The Community Outreach Center that provided services for HIV patients closed June 15 and now offers services at a different location just one day each week. This will continue throughout the public health emergency’s duration.
“The planning process for sustainability began the day we started our response and will continue for the foreseeable future,” State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said. “This is an unprecedented outbreak and we will continue to work with our partners every step of the way.”