Indiana reaches out to truck drivers during HIV outbreak
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials dealing with an HIV outbreak in a rural county are urging truck drivers and others traveling through the outbreak area to avoid risky sexual behavior.
A public awareness campaign announced Friday encourages truck drivers and travelers along Interstate 65 between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky, to avoid prostitutes, use condoms and limit their sex partners.
The new campaign enlisting posters, door decals, flyers and digital Wi-Fi messages at travel plazas also urges travelers to get tested for HIV.
Officials say 145 people have now tested positive for HIV in southeastern Indiana, where the epidemic tied largely to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users is centered in Scott County.
State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says truck drivers who find sexual partners in that area are particularly susceptible to becoming infected.
Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thursday, June 8 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:45:13 GMT
There are still a few tickets left for Thursday's Muslim prayer service to honor Muhammad Ali. But there are none left for the interfaith memorial on Friday. Muslims have traveled from all over the world to pay...More >>
A convicted robber is getting a new sentencing trial because the jury that convicted him included one of his previous victims. Kentucky's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing trial for Johnnie Ray...More >>