LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The growing number of HIV cases in southern Indiana has brought national attention to Scott County. But the mother of a well-known Indiana teen who died of AIDS says people can find hope in the situation.

Jeanne White-Ginder spoke at Austin High School Tuesday night about her son Ryan White, who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion in the 1980s. He died at age 18 in 1990.

People in his hometown of Kokomo taunted him and even banned him from school.

"Just to think of all the assets to getting on the meds and getting into treatment early -- it can save your life and everybody around you. And you can go back to your normal, daily activities," White-Ginder said.

Scott Memorial Hospital invited White-Ginder to speak, as another way to encourage people to be tested and seek treatment.

Health officials say the number of people who have tested positive for HIV in southern Indiana is now at 153, up three cases since the last report.

Officials say 10,400 needles have been brought in as part of the needle exchange and community returned needles.

More than 13,000 needles have been given out.

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