HIV Outbreak, Indiana 2015

Government officials can also stigmatize drug use in a way that causes accidents, as in 2015, when the state of Indiana had an HIV outbreak. There is no reason that any place in the United States should be having an HIV outbreak in 2015 — we know what causes HIV and how to prevent it. But in Indiana, it was illegal to have a syringe. Thus syringes were in short supply, so people who used drugs were reusing and sharing syringes, leading to accidental HIV transmission.

There Are No Accidents, pp. 121 – 122

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