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Five Years after the HIV Outbreak, Indiana Conference Celebrates Progress

Publication Date: Jan 24, 2020

In spring 2015, the HIV outbreak caused by injection drug use in rural Scott County, Indiana, made headlines around the world. More than 200 cases were confirmed in the town of Austin, affecting one-fifth of its population of 4,200. This rural county faced multiple challenges in addressing the outbreak: poverty, high unemployment, and limited access to medical care, compounded by a devastating shortage of substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.

Today, nearly  all the people who contracted HIV during the 2015 outbreak are virally suppressed. In just four years, the number of people in recovery has increased 1000%, new Hepatitis C cases are declining, and new HIV cases have plummeted by over 97% to just 5 in 2018.

Join Scott County in celebrating five years of progress at the Compassionate Community Conference, coming up April 21 and 22, 2020, in Scottsburg, Indiana. 

Dr. Will Cooke
Dr. Will Cooke

"This is a one-of-a kind conference that integrates business, recovery, trauma, and treatment information, along with amazing content, networking, and CEU and CME credits," says Dr. Will Cooke, MD, of Foundations Family Medicine.

The full conference fee of $50.00 covers both days plus breakfast and lunch daily.  Visit the conference website for complete information on the agenda, conference fee, and hotel block.