Indiana governor allows needle exchange to fight HIV outbreak

Indiana’s governor on Thursday authorized the short-term use of a needle-exchange program recommended by federal health officials to combat a worrisome outbreak of HIV infections in a rural county tied to intravenous prescription drug abuse. Republican Governor Mike Pence said he personally opposes needle-exchange programs but signed an emergency order allowing one to be used in Scott County in southern Indiana. Scott County has had 79 HIV cases since December, all tied to injected drugs.
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