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Join AIDS United for our second Midwest Syringe Services Programs: Virtual Institute

In collaboration with local health departments, community partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AIDS United is excited to present our second virtual institute on syringe services programs in the Midwest.

Posted By: Carsen Beckwith - Thursday, March 25, 2021


Syringe Access Fund Awards Advocacy Grant to Indiana and Oklahoma Harm Reduction Programs

The Syringe Access Fund is excited to announce the awarding of two advocacy grants, totaling $100,000 each, to the Indiana Recovery Alliance and the Oklahoma Harm Reduction Alliance. These organizations are committed to expanding comprehensive harm reduction services to people who use drugs, including syringe exchange services, primary care, testing and treatment for HIV and viral hepatitis, and linkage to medication for opioid use disorder and substance use disorder treatment.

Posted By: Kimberly Valmores - Thursday, February 25, 2021


COVID-19 shows why harm reduction programs must be treated as essential services

A new resource from AIDS United underscores how the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the urgent need to support syringe services and harm reduction programs as essential services.

Posted By: Helen Parshall - Wednesday, December 16, 2020


Adapting harm reduction strategies to navigate winter and COVID-19

This winter is likely going to be a long and dark one for many of us, particularly those of us who use drugs. Overdose deaths have never been higher while COVID-19 rates are rising exponentially and COVID-related deaths are skyrocketing.

Posted By: Drew Gibson - Wednesday, December 02, 2020


Looking back on the first Midwest Syringe Services Programs: Virtual Institute

In collaboration with local health departments, community partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AIDS United brought together more than 260 people working in harm reduction for our first-ever Midwest Syringe Services Program: Virtual Institute.

Posted By: Helen Parshall - Thursday, October 08, 2020


AIDS United remembers Henry van Ameringen

In more than a decade of giving, Henry van Ameringen supported some of AIDS United’s most challenging work and never wavered in his commitment to helping the most marginalized. Support from the H. van Ameringen Foundation has expanded the reach and scope of HIV and harm reduction services across the country, particularly in rural areas and Puerto Rico.

Posted By: Anselmo Fonseca, Julio J. Fonseca, Zach Ford - Wednesday, October 07, 2020


Notes from the Field: Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition is Familiar with How to Support Community Through Crises like COVID-19

Sarah Ziegenhorn, executive director of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition, reflects on how the coalition has weathered the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what others can learn from their experiences.

Posted By: Sarah Ziegenhorn, Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition - Monday, July 13, 2020


Newly Elected Members of Congress Educate & Advocate for Syringe Services Programs

This week, Representatives Donna Shalala (D-FL-27) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5) tried to elevate the need for swift action to support syringe services programs (SSPs) by hosting a briefing for members of the newly formed Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, a bipartisan effort among newly elected members of Congress to promote policies to end the overdose crisis in this United States. AIDS United has the details.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 01, 2019


As HIV Transmission Among People Who Inject Drugs Increases, So Does The Need For Action

Earlier this month, public health officials in Multnomah County, Oregon reported that the state was experiencing its most substantial HIV outbreak in years and that it was occurring primarily among people who inject drugs. The outbreak has seen 42 people who either inject drugs or who have sex with people who inject drugs contract HIV in the last 18 months.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 28, 2019


Syringe Services Programs Can Help End the Opioid Epidemic, But We Have to Fund Them First

In 2019, the United States is firmly in the throes of an opioid crisis that is increasingly being driven by injection drug use of substances like heroin and fentanyl that place those who inject drugs at high risk of overdose and of contracting infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). But government funding for syringe services program is woefully insufficient to meet the current need. For now, it may be up to private philanthropy to step in and fund SSPs where federal, state, and local governments will not.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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