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HIV-positivity increases in Indiana following clean needles program

While one would accept that more testing would find more HIV patients in a county with an epidemic, one hopes that over time you will find less people testing positive under a prolonged needle exchange program. Current signs are not promising when there is an increase of HIV-positivity just over 2 weeks into such a program.

2 weeks is not enough, of course, as there may be many people who were seroconverted prior to the recent program’s institution, but if the program prolongs and HIV cases rise still, the blame should be on the abuse of the drug Opana itself.

Since Mr. Pence approved the temporary exchange, 5,322 clean syringes have been provided to 86 participants, health officials said Friday. About 1,400 used syringes have been returned.

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