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Syringe Access

Syringe Access

Syringe Access

AIDS United has long been committed to supporting syringe access programs, which are scientifically proven to reduce the transmission of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood-borne pathogens. Through several programmatic and policy initiatives, AU supports both direct service programs (at a time when these programs are vulnerable during a precarious funding climate) and advocacy activities (to promote and ensure a more stable funding climate).

One of those initiatives includes serving as the steward organization of the Syringe Access Fund, which was created in 2004 to support syringe exchange and public policy activities to reduce the risk of HIV infection, hepatitis C and other blood-borne pathogens among injection drug users and their sexual partners through expanded access to sterile syringes. To date, the SAF has awarded more than $15.1 million. Currently, leading partners are the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Irene Diamond Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Tides Foundation and AIDS United.

For the 2014-2015 grant period, the Syringe Access Fund awarded approximately $2 million in new grants.

The current Syringe Access grantees are:

  • AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Inc. - OH
  • Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association - AK
  • Any Positive Change Inc. - CA
  • Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc. - GA
  • Bethany Place - IL
  • Bienestar Human Services - CA
  • Blue Mountain Heart to Heart - WA
  • Border AIDS Partnership - TX
  • Camden Area Health Education Center - NJ
  • Chicago Recovery Alliance - IL
  • Clark County Public Health - WA
  • Clean Needles Now / LA Community Health Outreach Project - CA
  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center dba Harm Reduction Action Center - CO
  • Community Action for Social Justice, Inc. - NY
  • Community Health Awareness Group - MI
  • Down East AIDS Network, Inc. - ME
  • El Punto en la Montaña - PR
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego - CA
  • Fresno Needle Exchange Program - CA
  • Harm Reduction Coalition - NY
  • Harm Reduction Services - CA
  • HIPS - DC
  • HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County - CA
  • Homeless Youth Alliance - CA
  • Housing Works, Inc. - NY
  • Interior AIDS Association - AK
  • Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network - CA
  • Migrant Health Center, Inc. - PR
  • Minnesota AIDS Project - MN
  • Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (Berkeley NEED) - CA
  • Needle Exchange Program of Asheville - NC
  • NO/AIDS Task Force - LA
  • North Carolina Harm Reduction, Inc. - NC
  • People's Harm Reduction Alliance - WA
  • Phoenix Center - IL
  • Point Defiance AIDS Project - WA
  • Prevention Point Pittsburgh - PA
  • Project SAFE - PA
  • Reading Risk Reduction - PA
  • Santa Fe Mountain Center - NM
  • Sonoma County Hepatitis AIDS Risk Reduction Program - CA
  • South Jersey Against AIDS, Inc., DBA South Jersey AIDS Alliance - NJ
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation - AZ
  • St. James Infirmary - CA
  • University of Miami - FL
  • Venice Family Clinic - CA
  • Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) - NY
  • Washington AIDS Partnership - DC
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (START at Westminster) - DC
  • Women With a Vision, Inc. - LA

For more information about AIDS United's Syringe Access activities, email:

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