Indiana Allows Needle Exchange Program to Stem HIV Outbreak

(Medical Xpress) – Indiana’s governor authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps Thursday to help contain the spread of HIV in a county tied to 79 new infections since January, all of them linked to intravenous drug use. Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in the Midwestern state’s Scott County. He ordered the state health department to set up a command center to coordinate HIV and substance-abuse treatment and establish a mobile unit to enroll people in a state-run health program.

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