Health

Study: Needle Exchange Policy Prevented HIV

Needles used at an exchange in Indiana earlier in 2015. (Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal)
Needles used at an exchange in Indiana earlier in 2015. (Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal)

(USA Today) – Lifting a ban on spending city money on needle exchanges for intravenous drug users prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years in Washington, according to a new study that researchers hope can help other communities deal with a surge in addicts shooting up.

“Policy change makes a difference,” says Monica Ruiz of George Washington University, lead author of the research being published Thursday in the journal AIDS and Behavior. “While this study looks at (Washington), D.C., we’re seeing the same thing in Indiana,” which recently changed its policy to make needle exchanges legal in certain public health emergencies amid the state’s largest-ever HIV outbreak.

Needle exchanges, where addicts can trade dirty syringes for clean ones, have long been controversial. Proponents say the 220 or so across the nation effectively curb the spread of disease. But opponents argue that they enable addicts to keep using.

READ MORE

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker
%d bloggers like this: