New HIV cases under investigation in southeastern Indiana
These new cases were found during testing that was part of a community outreach response to the HIV outbreak caused by injection drug abuse.
“Ideally, everyone would know their HIV status and take steps to prevent transmission of the virus,” Dr. Jerome Adams, MPH, Indiana state health commissioner, said. “As we have found in the southeastern Indiana outbreak, not everyone knows their status. Our local health partners continue to perform testing on a regular basis as part of our efforts to halt the spread of disease. We should expect to see additional cases of HIV as a result of those efforts.”
As of today, there is a total of 181 HIV cases included in the outbreak. 177 of these cases have been confirmed, and four remain preliminary positive. The latest HIV cases have been detected in people who were connected to the cases earlier identified as part of the outbreak.
“Every case of HIV that’s diagnosed in the state is troubling, but this disease isn’t the death sentence it once was. It is a chronic disease that can be effectively managed,” Adams said. “We are encouraged to know that the tools put in place to address the HIV epidemic are working to identify illnesses so we can connect people with treatment and other services that help them live healthier lives.”