Southeastern Indiana's HIV outbreak reaches 166 cases

Southeastern Indiana's HIV outbreak reaches 166 cases

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State health officials say 166 people have now tested positive for HIV in a southeastern Indiana outbreak tied to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users.

The 163 confirmed cases and three preliminary positive cases are up from a total of 163 cases last week.

Nearly all of the cases in Indiana's largest-ever HIV outbreak have occurred in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Officials say that outbreak has been largely driven by needle-sharing among people injecting a liquefied form of the painkiller Opana.

State health officials say a state-authorized needle-exchange program in Scott County that's aimed at combatting the outbreak now has 182 participants. That program has distributed 24,000 clean needles and collected nearly 23,700 used needles.

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