amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Delivering Harm Reduction Services Including Syringe Exchange

Syringe exchange programs prevent the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases among people who inject drugs. They also save money, increase public safety, and help drug users get into treatment. In spite of all this, the use of federal funds for syringe exchange is banned.


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Here's what you can do:

  • Sign our petition.

  • Contact your members of Congress and tell them you believe the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange is anti-science and anti-public health, and needs to be removed. 

  • Learn about this important issue:


 Issue Brief: Federal Funding for Syringe Services Programs: Saving Money, Promoting Public Safety, and Improving Public Health (March 2013)


Syringe Services Program Coverage in the United States (June 2014)  

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Fact Sheet: Public Safety, Law Enforcement, and Syringe Exchange (March 2013)  

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The Twin Epidemics of HIV and Drug Use: Innovative Strategies for Healthy Communities, co-produced with the International AIDS Society (December 2012)