Listen: NKY Health Department Updates on HIV Cluster, Flu

Earlier this month it was announced that Kenton and Campbell Counties have 18 cases of HIV infection likely related to intravenous drug use.

The news increased calls for better access to clean needles for heroin users in Northern Kentucky. The Northern Kentucky Health Department already operates a syringe access program in Grant County at its Williamstown center, and Pendleton County has an operational program at one of its centers. Neither of those counties saw an increase in HIV cases.

But there is no syringe access/needle exchange program in Boone, Kenton, or Campbell Counties.

NKY Health Department spokesperson Emily Gresham Wherle joined RCN's Michael Monks to talk about the HIV cluster, as well as the strong flu virus going around, for Sunday's edition of Northern Kentucky Focus, the weekly public affairs show on 106.7 WNKR.