HIV cases skyrocket among US painkiller abusers

Illicit injections of painkillers in rural Indiana have triggered a surge in HIV infectionsCases of HIV have skyrocketed among injection drug users in a rural community in the midwestern state of Indiana where 142 people have been diagnosed since the beginning of the year, officials said Friday. Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams described the current outbreak as "unprecedented," noting that HIV used to be quite rare in Scott County, a community of 4,200 people and just one doctor in southeastern Indiana. Only three new cases of HIV were recorded there from 2009 to 2013. A public health emergency was declared in Scott County on March 26 by Governor Mike Pence.

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