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Getting Right: An HIV Outbreak Spurs Change in Austin, Indiana

Seth Herald

Ravaged by one of the worst outbreaks of HIV in recent history and an underlying epidemic of injection drug addiction,  a small rural community is changing fast as it grapples with the fallout of the crisis. In this 4-part series, reporter Jake Harper and photojournalist Seth Herald tell the story of shifting attitudes, new thinking, and signs of recovery.

Read and listen to the stories

Chapter 1: Recovering drug user Kevin Polly

Chapter 2: Police Chief Don Spicer

Chapter 3: Public health nurse Brittany Combs

Chapter 4: Stand Up youth group

>>Go to the series.

About The Series

This project was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a reporting collaborative exploring the impacts of place, policy, and economics on Americans' health. 

This project is also part of Images & Voices of Hope’s Restorative Narrative Fellowship, which gives journalists across the U.S. a stipend to spend six months telling stories of resilience and recovery. Jake Harper was named one of five inaugural IVOH fellows last year.