Syringe Service Programs (Needle Exchange)
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When we talk about HIV and drug addiction, we most often focus on injection drug use (IDU) as a risk factor for HIV transmission. While only 2.6% of the country’s population over the age of 13 reports having injected drugs at some point during their lives1, approximately 10% of new HIV...
To date, the 25 year restriction on using federal funds to support needle and syringe service programs (SSPs) is still in place despite an abundance of scientific research showing that this practice significantly reduces the transmission of HIV as well as other infectious diseases. This federal...