Jonathan Mermin, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta."It's of import to the CDC as well as the people of Indiana."The Scott County outbreak, which was first noted in December, has yet to be controlled.As the number of cases soared far beyond the normal rate, health officials declared it an epidemic.Drug use, often of the prescription painkiller Opana, is a "multigenerational activity, with as many as three generations of a family and multiple community members injecting together," state health officials wrote in an article published Friday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.En español | You made the mistake of asking your adult daughter if that guy she went out with last night was "anything serious." She gave you a nonchalant shrug and smiled."Don't book the church yet, Mom — it was just a hookup!
The frustrating thing with implementing such programs, Mermin said, is that failures often garner more attention than successes."The paradox to public health is if you do a very good job, no one knows it was done," Mermin said.
INDIANAPOLIS — A team of high-ranking federal officials will visit Indiana on Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the response to an HIV outbreak of more than 140 cases, one of the largest in recent years, in the hope of learning ways to prevent similar occurrences.
A syringe is pictured along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., in Scott County on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
Local officials also instituted a temporary needle exchange program, made legal by Indiana Gov. Now, state health officials will look to see whether they need additional resources in other areas at risk of an HIV outbreak.
They will look to Scott County to see what worked and what did not.
The next morning (or even that night) come the recriminations: Was it wrong to give that person the sexual green light when you had no intention of rekindling the emotional side of the relationship?