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Indiana reaches out to truck drivers in HIV outbreak

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Indiana State Dept. of Health HIV awareness advertisements released Friday Indiana State Dept. of Health HIV awareness advertisements released Friday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana health officials dealing with an HIV outbreak in a rural county are urging truck drivers and others traveling through the outbreak area to avoid risky sexual behavior.

A public awareness campaign announced Friday encourages truck drivers and travelers along Interstate 65 between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky, to avoid prostitutes, use condoms and limit their sex partners. The highway travels through Scott County and the town of Austin, the center of the outbreak.

The new campaign enlisting posters, door decals, flyers and digital Wi-Fi messages at travel plazas also urges travelers to get tested for HIV.

Officials say 145 people have now tested positive for HIV in southeastern Indiana, where the epidemic tied largely to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users is centered in Scott County.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says truck drivers who find sexual partners in that area are particularly susceptible to becoming infected.

Four of the state's advertisements are shown as part of this story.

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