Slow but steady progress on the syringe exchange front...Congress Moves to Lift Federal Ban on Clean Needle-Exchange Programs
In the wake of the injection drug related HIV outbreak in rural Indiana, the Republican-run House finally notices the proven efficacy of needle-exchange programs.Posted on December 11 2015 5:45 PM EST by Tyler Curry, (plus magazine online)
After years of political fear tactics and moral legislation, Congress is finally taking the steps to partially lift the ban on federal funding to support needle-exchange programs.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that needle-exchange programs work to prevent HIV, federal funding for these programs has been banned since 1998. The decision comes months after an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana where over 150 people tested positive for HIV during a public health investigation. Even though this decision represents a pivotal moment in federally funded HIV prevention, the funding would still come with one caveat.
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SOURCE: plus magazine online