Drug symposium focuses on Scott County HIV epidemic

A drug symposium focused on the Scott Count HIV epidemic Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A two-day Indianapolis drug symposium wrapped up Thursday and one of the big topics was the HIV epidemic in Scott County.

Dr. Will Cooke, from Austin, Indiana, was among the speakers.

Cooke said there were about five HIV positive diagnoses in the past five to 10 years.

But in just the last few months? A whopping 180 confirmed cases.

It’s been an unprecendented HIV outbreak in Scott County.

“HIV never went away,” Cooke explained. “It’s still here. It’s still being spread. But the good news is there’s rapid testing so it’s important to be tested.”

Cooke also spoke on the advances in care like insurance navigation.

He says life expectancy for someone with HIV is the same as someone who doesn’t have it… if they continue treatment.

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