HIV Outbreak 2/28/15

March 1st, 2015

The Indiana State Department of Health is collaborating with local health departments, health care providers and other partners to investigate an outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana. Fewer than five cases are typically reported each year by county in this area. From December 8, 2014 to February 20, 2015, approximately 30 new confirmed HIV cases have been reported.

  • These cases have reported a history of IV drug use, particularly Opana (an opioid pain reliever containing oxymorphone), and sharing needles among common social networks.
  • This outbreak is notable for the number of cases identified and the significant degree of IV drug use reported among cases. A low amount of sexual transmission has also been reported.

Contact tracing is underway to identify additional cases, perform HIV testing, provide disease education, and referring individuals to HIV Care Coordination services staff for HIV treatment, as well as substance abuse treatment and recovery.

The ISDH encourages health care providers and local health departments to promote testing for HIV and hepatitis C among individuals seeking care at your facilities, particularly those who report or show signs of injection drug use or other high risk behaviors. Health care providers are also encouraged to thoroughly screen each patient encountered for such risks and counsel them regarding treatment options and resources for HIV, hepatitis C, and drug addiction.

For HIV testing locations and information about Care Coordination, individuals are encouraged to call the ISDH HIV Services Hotline at (866) 588-4948.

For more information about this outbreak, or to report cases of HIV, please contact Andrea Perez, Director, ISDH HIV/STD Division, at (317) 233-7867, anperez@isdh.in.gov.

Local Testing

HIV testing is available at the Department of Health Medical Annex, 4813 New Haven Ave. Call 260-449-7504 to schedule HIV testing; hours for testing are Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.. Same day walk-in available at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. Testing fee to be discussed at time of appointment.

We also provide free HIV testing on Wednesday’s, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Walgreens on the corner of Creighton Avenue and Calhoun Street.

Questions call Deb McMahan, MD