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A surge in West Virginia HIV cases linked to injection drug use spurred the CDC to recommend solutions, including hepatitis C testing.
The outbreaks near Duluth, Minnesota, have advocates scrambling to offer rapid HIV testing and clean syringes.
The new HIV cases are linked to the opioid crisis and homelessness.
“Even a relatively small cluster in this population has great potential to expand to new cases.”
Here’s the only good thing about the outbreak.
With 73 confirmed cases in Cabell County, residents and officials reconsider needle exchange programs.
At press time, more than 700 cases of the highly contagious disease were confirmed in 22 states so far.
People living below a highway overpass might be forced into treatment.
Officials have not linked these cases to a single factor.
The cases were among heterosexuals who used drugs, suggesting the local epidemic is spreading to different populations.
Four years ago, nearly 200 people contracted HIV in Indiana’s opioid-related outbreak.
After the identification of 52 new HIV cases in a Massachusetts region, the state asks the CDC to help investigate.
It mostly involved men who have sex with men, but the state also faces a major challenge with injection drug use.
The agency has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to stop selling Opana ER, a painkiller that’s been linked with outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C.
A roundup of books on HIV and addiction
Once the leading cause of death in the United States, tuberculosis is back as a health threat, this time in the rural South.
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