A City in Recovery

During a historic 2015 outbreak, HIV incidence rates in Austin, Indiana—population 4,000—exceeded those in sub-Saharan Africa. 
 
Why?
 
Spiraling opioid use—and a slow uptake on needle exchanges that, according to one study, could have slashed Austin’s HIV incidence by 90% if implemented before the outbreak began.

The CDC says 220 other US counties face a similar risk. Some of them have learned from Austin, where community-based programs—and ultimately, a syringe exchange with wraparound services—kickstarted the city's recovery.
 
"The message to other communities is to tear down your walls, put your prejudices aside." said former drug user and pastor Jacob Howell.
 
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