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Is Oregon Protected from Indiana’s HIV Outbreak?

The piece below was distributed to media outlets as a response to Indiana’s announcement of a public health emergency in March, 2015

Eugene, OR—April 2, 2015: On Thursday, March, 26, sources reported that Indiana’s Scott County, population 24, 181, had hit an epidemic surge in HIV diagnoses: 80 new cases since December, or almost one case per day. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has said that 100 percent of these new cases could be traced to injection drug use. When comparing this information to Lane County’s three new HIV infections in all of 2014, and the fact that Lane’s population is almost 15 times that of Scott County, the question remains: why is the incidence of HIV skyrocketing in small, rural Scott County, Indiana and not in Lane County, Oregon—an area with high rates of injection drug use that sits directly on a major drug trafficking interstate?

You can read the response in its entirety here

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