Published in AIDS Weekly, April 13th, 1998
In 1997, Congress imposed a ban on using federal monies for such exchanges until March 31, 1998. After March 31, federal funding for needle exchange projects may proceed if Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala determines that they are effective in preventing the spread of HIV, and do not promote illegal drug use.
Proponents of lifting the ban said city-operated programs and government studies offered proof that drug addicts using clean needles were far less likely to contract AIDS, and were...
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