HIV Outbreak In Indiana Grows With Nearly 140 Confirmed Cases

April 24, 2015 8:22 PM

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The drug tied to Indiana's HIV outbreak is the opioid painkiller Opana. Health officials have reported instances of multigenerational abuse - as many as three generations of one family injecting Opana together, using the same needle. This week the state's Republican governor extended an executive order that allows for a temporary needle exchange through the end of May in Scott County, the epicenter of the HIV epidemic. Earlier I spoke with Indiana's State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams, and he told me, prior to the outbreak, there were very few doctors in the county - none of whom were comfortable treating patients with HIV.

JEROME ADAMS: A lot of the older doctors in particular have not been trained in treating HIV patients. This is not your mother or your father's HIV. I grew up in the Ryan White era. HIV was a death sentence. The prescribing was very complicated. Now we've got one-day regimens. And people, if they ge...

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