Published in AIDS Weekly, January 29th, 1996
Multiple studies from around the world - from New York City to Kathmandu - show that providing clean needles to intravenous drug users (IVDUs) can significantly reduce the spread of AIDS in a highly cost-effective manner.
Opponents of such programs have argued that providing IVDUs with clean needles will increase the use of illegal drugs and help users recruit new addicts. There is no evidence that this is so.
Yet the U.S. government continues to insist that none of its AIDS prevention funds be spent on needle-exchange programs.
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