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Author Topic: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use  (Read 303 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« on: February 25, 2015, 05:13:58 PM »
Twenty six have been confirmed.  An additional 4 have preliminary positive tests.  I know these counties very well.  Clark is across the river from Louisville, so it is part of the metro.  Scott and Jackson counties are rural.  Very rural.  There is a lot of meth and prescription drug abuse there.  There is a lot of poverty.  Half of all school kids in Scott County get free lunch.  Unless most of the 30 are from the more populated Clark county, those would be huge numbers for the other counties and especially in such a short time period. 

I am always amazed how many gay/bi guys I know from those counties.  It seems like something is in the water, and those are just the ones I know.  It is just a much larger percentage, than 2%.  And, there are many bi guys, too.  I mention that, because I worry about the stigma these people will face, whether gay or straight.  Their names will be known.  The towns are just so small and everyone knows everyone.  A friend told me he knows one of the guys infected.  The guy is gay.  I do worry about a gay backlash, with people saying gays brought HIV into the community and spread it.  That would not happen in larger cities, but this will be all the talk of the towns. 


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Re: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 09:48:44 PM »
I had never heard of Opana before reading this.  Also never thought of IV drug use as being a particularly gay issue at all.  We had a family member who died of AIDS years ago ... she was quite straight, but was a drug user and likely sharing needles ... the virus is an equal-opportunity infector given the chance.  It's sad to me that people will go to such lengths to get high.

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Re: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2015, 06:08:37 AM »
Interesting.  I had never heard of Opana before reading the article.  I'm very familiar with the Damien Center, they've been around since the beginning of the HIV epidemic. 

When I went to a training a few years ago in Indy, one of the other participants who lived there said there was an underground needle exchange program in Indy.  Of course a person would have to know where to access that. 

If only Indiana had legal needles exchanges but that state is really behind the times and extremely conservative, unfortunately.

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Offline Jeff G

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Re: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2015, 09:17:29 AM »
Opana is the new drug of choice for abusers because unlike Oxycontin it can easily melted down and injected ... Oxycontin was reformulated to have a tough outer shell that turns to goo if you wet it preventing snorting or injecting ... its time release .

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Re: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 09:26:49 AM »
Ted, the high rate of homosexuality and bisexuality is linked to river valley fever.  :)

In my younger days, I ran the Southshore and Vanceburg areas of KY.  It seemed most of those cute boys would gladly accept my offers.   
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 05:29:15 PM »
More cases.  I doubt all these counties together have 37 infections in a year.  Or even 2 years.  Apparently, these are all since December.  What is the deal with syringes?  I've read it is illegal to give someone a clean needle in Indiana.  You can give them bleach to clean the needle they have.  Do you need a prescription for syringes? 

"Earlier this week, 26 cases of HIV were reported in five southern counties since mid-December. Those counties are Clark, Jackson, Perry, Scott, and Washington.

On Friday, health officials said there are now 27 confirmed cases and 10 preliminary HIV positive cases. The cases are linked to injection drug abuse of the prescription drug, opana, a powerful opioid painkiller containing oxymorphone. Some people are also reporting sexual intercourse as a possible mode of transmission.

The state says their goal now is to reduce harm, reduce risk and increase awareness. They’ve deployed disease intervention specialists to the southern part of the state. They’re looking to obtain information from the newly diagnosed individuals on needle sharing and sex partners.

Individuals living in the affected area, especially those engaging in high-risk behavior, are advised to be tested for HIV status, and then retested after two to three months."



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