State officials in Indiana are looking into long-term plans to contain an HIV epidemic in southern Indiana.
We've told you stories about those topics and showed you syringes we've found on city streets. In turn, that news is causing some to bypass towns like Austin and Scottsburg.
Authorities have been arresting drug dealers, trying to combat the problem, but police say putting prostitutes in jail isn't as easy.
Nearly all of Indiana's HIV cases have occurred in Scott County. One-hundred and sixty people have tested positive for HIV there since December.
According to health experts, the results of testing by federal health officials suggest the HIV strain most southern Indiana patients have contracted was introduced to the area within the past year.
Officials say 150 people have tested positive for HIV - the majority of the cases tied to I-V drug use and Scott County, Indiana.
Conservation officials say needles are found in and around state parks, but that people should not be concerned because the areas are heavily patrolled.
Public health nurse Brittany Combs says they've taken in almost 7,000 dirty needles and given out more than 10,000 clean ones.
Officials say a little more than 8,200 needles have been brought in. That number includes those collected as part of the needle exchange program and community-returned needles.
Officials began the campaign by reaching out to drug users and now they're targeting travelers and truckers along I-65 between Indianapolis and Louisville.
There are more than 140 confirmed cases of HIV. The large majority of cases are caused by sharing needles while injecting drugs.
On Friday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health issued an update on the status of the HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana, and it was not good news.
On Tuesday morning, WDRB News got a rare look at the first line of defense in the battle against the spread of HIV in Scott County.
The original order made provisions for a needle exchange program, which enabled residents to turn in used, tainted needles in exchange for clean ones.