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Shift in HIV Cases Concern Northern Kentucky Health Officials

This article has been updated to reflect that the news conference will now be held on Tuesday instead of Monday. The NKY Health Department cited the forecasted incelement weather as the reason for the change.

A shift in HIV cases in Northern Kentucky is concerning Northern Kentucky health officials.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department will release new data related to HIV infections in the region at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Details were not immediately available but a news release said that local and state health officials will discuss changing trends in HIV risk factors, share data, and outline next steps regarding policy and community action.

The heroin crisis in the region has led to ongoing health concerns related to diseases transmitted by needle use. There is no needle exchange/syringe access program in Boone, Kenton, or Campbell County, something health officials have warned could lead to higher rates of HIV and hepatitis C.

The news conference is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Health Department's Edgewood office.

The River City News will have it covered for you.

-Staff report