Tag Archives: Needle exchange

The Global State of Harm Reduction — discrimination, stigma, misunderstanding, misinformation keep response “shockingly low”

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What if there were an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to prevent HIV infections by tackling a risk that accounts for roughly one out of three HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa, and an increasing proportion of HIV infections everywhere? You might think, in the budget-challenged times that donors and recipients in the global health landscape grapple […]

Goosby: PEPFAR Examines Next Steps as Needle Exchange Ban Officially Nixed

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The needle exchange ban never applied to US-funded international AIDS programs, but the previous administration essentially acted as if it did. Now that the ban has officially hit the legislative dustbin, Eric Goosby, MD, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, has signaled an readiness to move forward in providing PEPFAR support for needle exchange programs in countries hard hit by the […]

Budget Deal Reached on Global Health Programs and Needle Exchange Ban

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Lawmakers have finalized the fiscal year 2010 budget for foreign assistance, setting funding for key programs to fight global HIV and TB and reaching a landmark deal to revise the needle-exchange ban. The agreement—expected to pass the House before the end of this week and the Senate before the end of next week—includes some modest […]

Needle Exchange Programs Curb the Spread of HIV/AIDS Across the Globe

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In case lawmakers need an extra nudge as they consider lifting the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs, here are two fresh facts on the effectiveness of this tool in reducing the spread of HIV: *In India, needle exchange programs have contributed to a dramatic reduction in HIV seroprevalence among injection drug users—cutting […]

Two Posts in One: Senate Leaves Needle Exchange Ban In Place, New Forum For HIV/AIDS Hot Topics

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First, a quick update on needle exchange: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and education programs approved a spending bill this week that leaves in place the funding ban on needle exchange programs. This means a fight in conference over the fate of that provision, since the House approved language lifting the ban, albeit […]

Update: In U.S. House, A Win on Needle Exchange, A Loss on HIV Research

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This is an update to our post earlier this morning on two key HIV policy votes in the House today. So much for a new era of evidence-based AIDS policy in a Congress controlled by Democrats. In today’s vote on HIV/AIDS research, lawmakers agreed (by voice vote) to strip out funding for three HIV research grants, […]

Two Vital HIV Policy Votes Set for U.S. House Today

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The House of Representatives will take up two pivotal HIV/AIDS-related amendments today as it debates a massive spending bill for domestic labor, health and education programs. Although the policy decisions at stake today are part of a domestic funding bill, they have implications for global AIDS.  The first is a proposal by Rep. Darrell Issa, […]

Efforts to Overturn Needle Exchange Hit Snag in House

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One step forward, half a step back. That’s where advocates of evidence-based treatment of HIV/AIDS seem to have landed Friday in their efforts to overturn the two-decades-old ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. Last week, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, successfully moved to nix the needle-exchange ban when a subcommittee took […]

House Panel Nixes Needle Exchange Ban, Senate Sets Funding for Global HIV/AIDS and TB

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A key House subcommittee has called for lifting the ban on funding for needle-exchange programs, a significant step forward in the hard-fought battle for evidence-based treatment of HIV/AIDS. Disease experts, particularly those who specialize in treating HIV/AIDS, have long argued that the ban on needle exchange unnecessarily impeded HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., […]