Patti Hall from the Scott County Department of Health recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club dinner/meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg. Pictured are Kiwanis President David Wilson and Patti Hall. She advised there are now 195 reported cases of HIV in Scott County. There is a full-time blood tester at the Scott County Health Department, and there is a one-stop clinic on Route 31 in Austin.
It costs approximately $1 milllion for life-time treatment of a patient with HIV, including the treatment of related diseases. The needle exchange program, which has been approved for Scott County, helps prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. Since the needle exchange program has been implemented the number of reported cases of HIV has slowed down considerably. Patients are also treated for other diseases and receive vaccinations, and many have enrolled in drug treatment programs. With medication, a patient can reduce the viral load of HIV and lead a normal life. A person enrolled in the needle exchange program is issued a card which authorizes the possession of a syringe, and the identity of the person is confidential.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Patti for her informative presentation.