New York: A Leap of Faith in the AIDS Fight
February 1, 2010
Catholic Charities will launch a mobile needle-exchange program on Monday with the goal of preventing HIV in two Albany neighborhoods where police believe injection drug use is most prevalent.
Under the program, an $83,000 custom van will park in the city's South End and Arbor Hill neighborhoods, exchanging used syringes for new ones and dispensing medical supplies. The service is free and anonymous. Trained staff hope to develop rapport with clients, providing them with information on health, safety and, ultimately, drug treatment options.
PSP's annual budget will be around $170,000, primarily from state funding. The financially strapped diocese, which has been forced to close and consolidate parishes in recent years, is not providing any money.
"This is an invisible population and we hope to bring them out of the shadows and give them the supplies and information they need to be as clean as possible for each use if they choose to continue injecting drugs," said Angela Keller, executive director of AIDS services for Catholic Charities.
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
01.29.2010; Paul Grondahl
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