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Syringe Access

Syringe Access

Syringe Access

Infected needles result in 3,000 to 5,000 new cases of HIV and approximately 10,000 new cases of hepatitis C in the United States each year. Syringe Exchange Programs (SEPs) are a proven and cost-effective approach for preventing transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID), reducing risk of “accidental sticks” to sanitation workers and police, and engaging PWID in substance abuse treatment programs.

The Syringe Access Fund is the largest private grant-making collaborative that supports syringe exchange programs as a proven and cost-effective strategy to reduce new HIV and viral hepatitis infections. The collaborative was founded in 2004 and is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Irene Diamond Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, Open Society Foundations and AIDS United. The Syringe Access Fund has distributed nearly $18 million through 347 grants to 161 organizations in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The 58 newly funded programs reflect a diversity of locations, populations and approaches, prioritizing underserved communities and areas of the U.S. with a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and injection drug use. Each grantee will advance effective harm reduction strategies like safe injection, overdose prevention and HIV/viral hepatitis education among people who inject drugs.

Download the program fact sheet here. 

The current Syringe Access grantees are:

  • AIDS Alabama—Birmingham, AL
  • AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.—Worcester, MA
  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, WI
  • AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Inc.—Columbus, OH
  • Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association—Anchorage, AK
  • Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, INC.—Atlanta, GA
  • Austin Harm Reduction Coalition—San Marcos, TX
  • BOOM! Health—Bronx, NY
  • Border AIDS Partnership—El Paso, TX
  • Casa Segura HEPPAC—Oakland, CA
  • Chicago Recovery Alliance—Chicago, IL
  • Clark County Public Health—Vancouver, WA
  • Clean Needles Now/ LA Community Health Outreach Project—Los Angeles, CA
  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center dba Harm Reduction Action Center—Denver, CO
  • Community Health Awareness Group—Detroit, MI
  • Criminal Justice Ministry—Saint Louis, MO
  • Down East AIDS Network, Inc.—Ellsworth, ME
  • El Punto en la Montaña—Rio Piedras, PR
  • Families and Youth, Inc.—Las Cruces, NM
  • Fort Peck Tribal Health Department—Poplar, MT
  • Frederiksted Health Care—Frederiksted, VI
  • Fresno Needle Exchange Program—Fresno, CA
  • Harm Reduction Coalition—New York, NY
  • HIPS—Washington, DC
  • HIV Alliance—Eugene, OR
  • HIV/HCV Resource Center—Lebanon, NH
  • Homeless Youth Alliance/San Francisco Needle Exchange—San Francisco, CA
  • Housing Works, Inc.—Brooklyn, NY
  • Howard Brown Health Center—Chicago, IL
  • Hyacinth AIDS Foundation—New Brunswick, NJ
  • Indiana Recovery Alliance—Bloomington, IN
  • Interior AIDS Association—Fairbanks, AK
  • Kansas City CARE Clinic—Kansas City, MO
  • Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government/Public Health & Wellness—Louisville, KY
  • Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network—Ukiah, CA
  • Migrant Health Center, Inc.—Mayaguez, PR
  • National Native American AIDS Prevention Center—Denver, CO
  • New Orleans Trystereo Syringe Distribution—New Orleans, LA
  • North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc (NCHRC)—Raleigh, NC
  • Northern Nevada HOPES—Reno, NV
  • People's Harm Reduction Alliance—Seattle, WA
  • Point Defiance AIDS Project—Tacoma, WA
  • Point Defiance AIDS Project - Shot in the Dark—Tacoma, WA
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia—Philadelphia, PA
  • Prevention Point Pittsburgh—Pittsburgh, PA
  • Project SAFE—Philadelphia, PA
  • Safe Horizon—New York, NY
  • Santa Fe Mountain Center—Tesuque, NM
  • South Jersey Against AIDS, Inc. (DBA South Jersey AIDS Alliance)—Atlantic City, NJ
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation—Tucson, AZ
  • The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland—Cleveland, OH
  • The Grand Rapids Red Project (HIV/AIDS Services, Inc.)—Grand Rapids, MI
  • The Portland Needle Exchange Program—Portland, ME
  • The San Francisco Drug Users Union—San Francisco, CA
  • Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico—Albuquerque, NM
  • University of Miami—Miami, FL
  • Urban Survivor's Union—Greensboro, NC
  • Washington AIDS Partnership—Washington, DC 

The Syringe Access Fund is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Irene Diamond Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, Open Society Foundations and AIDS United. 

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