Vancouver AIDS experts respond to HIV outbreak in rural Indiana (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is taking its expertise to rural U.S.A.

Joining forces with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the centre is helping respond to a highly concentrated HIV epidemic driven by the injection of prescription opioids in Austin, Indiana.

With an estimated population of 4,200, Austin is located in the state’s Scott County. Approximately 10 percent of its population injects opioids on a daily basis. More than 184 new HIV cases have been identified since December 2015—the worst outbreak in state history.

Gail Johnson reports.

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