Date(s) - 07/12/2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Health & Wellness
PATIENT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
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A Proven Practice to Reduce the Spread of HIV and Blood-borne Diseases
What is a syringe exchange program?
A public health program for people who use drugs by injection (IDU’s)
Goal is to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections
Provides new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment.
Syringes and needles are disposed of safely reducing the number of discarded syringes on our sidewalks, yards, parks and play grounds.
Download our brochure.https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/health_and_wellness/educationalmaterials/2017julysepbrochure2.pdf
Why have a syringe exchange program?
Preventing HIV infection in people who inject drugs also prevents HIV in pregnant women and newborn children
By working with people who inject drugs we can get them into treatment
An evidence-based practice to connect IDUs to:
Counseling and treatment
Testing for HIV, Hepatitis, and other infections
Education about harms associated with drug use and how to minimize them
Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
In 194 US cities in 2014 including
Kansas City, MO
Who are we trying to reach? Intravenous drug users (IDUs) 18-25 year olds are the fastest growing segment of IDUs