syringe exchange program


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needle exchange program

Any program intended to slow the spread of AIDS (and hepatitis C) among IV drug abusers (IVDAs), in which a governmental or charitable agency exchanges sterile needles for dirty, potentially contaminated needles used by IVDAs when injecting (“shooting”) heroin or other substances.

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Preventing HIV transmission among injection drug users: A brief history of syringe exchange programs.
The health care center's patient base includes clients from syringe exchange programs such as Positive Health Project and other organizations throughout the city.
Continued monitoring of syringe exchange programs is important for evaluating the effects of the public health interventions these programs provide.
The decision of the Canadian Human Rights Commission was based on several studies, but the most influential was probably the one reported in the December 2003 issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, which presented the results of needle and syringe exchange programs in prisons based on 10 years experience in Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Moldova.
HIV incidence among injecting drug users in New York City syringe exchange programs.
Numerous scientific studies have clearly demonstrated that syringe exchange programs help to remove contaminated needles and syringes from community streets, playgrounds, and other public areas and to encourage drug users to avail themselves of other health and social services, including drug rehabilitation and treatment programs," said EJAF Chairman David Furnish.
Included among these new grants is a new two-year $1 million commitment to EJAF's founding partnership with the Syringe Access Fund, which will be distributed as small grants to approximately 48 syringe exchange programs across the United States.
We are disappointed that President Obama has not taken this opportunity to support syringe exchange programs, which have the potential to save thousands of lives and billions of taxpayer dollars," Interrante said.
The use of funds for syringe exchange programs which are key to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Given Congress' unfortunate reinstatement of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs, EJAF's increased investments as one of the top three funders in this field are particularly crucial.
In keeping with the Administration's policy of following the science of HIV prevention, the President's budget rejects the imposition of the federal funding ban of syringe exchange programs, a scientifically proven method to prevent HIV and other blood borne infections, while not increasing drug use.
On top of cutting CDC's budget, the bill would ban federal funding of syringe exchange programs, a scientifically proven method to prevent HIV and other infections while not increasing drug use, and would resurrect failed abstinence only until marriage programs.