Clean Needle Exchange Extended

The HIV outbreak is not slowing down in Southern Indiana.

So, the one-month clean needle exchange program is now extended.

It was set to expire later this week. But the number of people continuing to be infected, so Governor Mike Pence signs an executive order extending it another 30 days.

Needle exchanges are typically illegal in Indiana. The state’s only one is in Scott County, where the outbreak is the worst.

Almost 130 people have been infected since the start of the year there.

Typically Scott County sees five new HIV cases in an entire year. Health officials say all cases are linked to injection drug abuse.

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