Indiana reports HIV outbreak tied to powerful painkillerA fast-spreading outbreak of HIV cases has hit southeastern Indiana and is connected to a drug abuse involving a powerful painkiller. The State Department of Health said Wednesday that 26 people have tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS since mid-December and another four have preliminary HIV-positive status. Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says most of the cases are linked to people injecting the prescription painkiller Opana, while only a small number are tied to sexual transmission of the HIV virus. Disease specialists are interviewing those infected about their needle-sharing habits and sexual partners. Officials are also helping “to identify, contact and test individuals who may have been exposed.” southeastern Indiana residents are urged to get tested if they have engaged in needle-sharing and unprotected sex. Source