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: The Case for Supervised Consumption Services (June 2017)  

Issue Brief: Preventing HIV and Hepatitis C Among People Who Inject Drugs: Public Funding for Syringe Services Programs Makes the Difference (April 2017)  

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A Clear Case for Supporting Syringe Services Programs: New Study Shows Relationship Between Public Funding and Lower HIV Incidence (May 2015)

Special Report: Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic (August 2015)


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

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



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