HIV Investigation

News releases

Feb. 22, 2018: As HIV Cluster Investigation Moves into Second Month, Health Officials Increase Opportunities for HIV Testing

Jan. 9, 2018: Health Officials See Increase in HIV Infections Among Individuals Who Inject Drugs in Northern Kentucky

Oct. 23, 2018: Hamilton County & Northern Kentucky Health Work with CDC to Investigate HIV Cluster

Jan. 22, 2019: Health Departments Share CDC Recommendations to Address HIV Among People Who Inject Drugs

Current data

  • Total number of diagnosed cases of HIV from 2017-2018: 92
  • Number of cases in which injection drug use was reported as a risk factor for exposure: 51
  • Number of HIV tests conducted by NKY Health in 2018 (as of Dec. 3, 2018): 1,495
  • Number of HIV tests conducted by NKY Health in 2017: 1,369
  • Number of people linked to HIV Case Management services that were diagnosed with HIV after January 2017 and indicated that injection drug use was a risk factor for their HIV infection (as of Dec. 20, 2018): 46

Information about hepatitis C in Northern Kentucky

Action steps

  • Communicable disease investigation underway–including in-depth interviews with those infected and genetic testing of blood samples to determine if those infected in Northern Kentucky have the same strain.
  • Working with those who are infected with HIV to ensure that they have access to appropriate care, both for infectious diseases and addictions treatment.
  • Expanded opportunities for testing for HIV and hepatitis C, with targeted outreach to test individuals who inject drugs.
  • Continuing to advocate for syringe access exchange programs to reduce the threat of diseases spread by injection drugs.