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Needle Exchange

Needle Exchange

Of the 33 million people living with HIV across the world, 3 million are injection drug users (IDUs).

Study after study has shown that needle-exchange programs can dramatically reduce new infections. Just look at Australia: It has seen zero HIV outbreaks among IDUs since it began running needle-exchange programs in 1995. There's also British Columbia, whose Insite safe-injection site has had a huge impact on HIV and hep C infections in the area.

Yet despite these successes, there is still resistance to needle exchange. The U.S. Congress, for instance, refuses to federally fund these programs. There are areas in the U.S., including California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C., that offer modest needle-exchange services, but more needs to be done to make a large impact.




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