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WV Health Officials Confirm 1 Death Linked to HIV Cluster

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia health officials say one person has died amid a spate of HIV cases in one county. Health Department spokeswoman Allison Adler confirmed the person who recently died was associated with an HIV cluster in Cabell County. The Register-Herald reports it’s unknown what the cause of death was. Charleston Area… Read More

Official: County ‘Ripe’ for HIV Outbreak Among Drug Users

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia health officials are investigating an increase in HIV cases, mainly among intravenous drug users in Cabell County, but they haven’t detected an increase among drug users in Kanawha County. The coordinator of a Charleston-based HIV treatment program says there’s likely people with HIV in the area who haven’t been… Read More

Rural Risk: Mobile Clinics Help Tackle Multifaceted Opioid Crisis

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In a room at the Letcher County Health Department in Whitesburg, Kentucky, about 20 people are learning how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication. Among them is 18-year-old Morgan Hopkins. An aspiring therapist, Hopkins said she wants to be ready with naloxone if someone overdoses around her. “You never know what you’re going… Read More

Surgeon General Supports Needle Exchanges To Limit Disease From Opioid Crisis

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams threw his support behind syringe exchange services as an important tool to address the Ohio Valley’s high risk of needle-borne disease associated with the opioid epidemic. Adams visited Florence, in northern Kentucky, for an event to encourage more people to get trained to administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Dressed in a full,… Read More

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Rural Risk: Fighting Disease Amid The Opioid Crisis

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  Health officials in the Ohio Valley are investigating outbreaks of disease associated with needle drug use in what is emerging as a new public health threat from the region’s profound opioid addiction crisis. In northern Kentucky the health department is tracking a cluster of 43 recent HIV cases, about half of which are related to needle… Read More