HIV Hits Indiana

HIV outbreak spreading in southern Indiana largely linked to injection drug abuse


Southern Indiana has seen 26 confirmed and four preliminary cases of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) since December, health officials announced Wednesday in a press release.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, these cases are largely tied to abuse of the opioid painkiller Opana (oxymorphone), which can be injected.

Health officials said residents of southern Indiana should be tested for HIV, and those who live in the southeastern portion of the state should be tested again three months after the initial test.

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