HIV Meds Update: HIV in Indiana
September 26, 2016
This article describes the CDC investigation and response (through October 2015) to the ongoing HIV (and HCV) outbreak in a rural county in Indiana, centered in people who inject opiates (especially the prescription drug Opana [oxymorphone]). The outbreak was first recognized in 2015 and continues to spiral onward--there are now >200 cases. The study is well presented, and it touches on failures of prevention including factors such as (lack of) access to syringe exchange services, poverty, and health insurance status, not to mention lack of access to drug treatment programs.
- Peters PJ, Pontones P, Hoover KW, et al; Indiana HIV Outbreak Investigation Team. HIV infection linked to injection use of oxymorphone in Indiana, 2014-2015. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jul 21;375(3):229-39.
Susa Coffey is medical editor of the NCRC. She is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine and a longtime clinician and educator in the HIV at San Francisco General Hospital clinic (“Ward 86”). She also is medical editor of HIV InSite.