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The Department of Health and Senior Services has granted approval to
The Department of Health and Senior Services gave approval to the four municipalities to participate in the three-year syringe exchange pilot program. All four municipalities submitted applications to the Department in May. These municipalities can begin syringe programs as soon as September 1 but must be operating by
“Needle exchange is a proven public health intervention that will reduce the spread of HIV and save lives,” said Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. “These four municipalities should be commended for their decision to develop syringe exchange programs as part of their comprehensive plan to reduce HIV transmission in their communities.”
Each program will be required to report the number of individuals participating in each program; the number of exchanged (distributed and collected) syringes; the number of participants referred into drug treatment programs, and the status of their treatment; the number of participants referred for other social services such as housing and employment, and the impact of the program in decreasing the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases.
Syringe exchange has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Academy of Sciences, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the HIV Medicine Association.
DHSS will also re-issue a request for application to the cities eligible under the statute:
To participate in the pilot program, municipalities must have enacted an ordinance to establish a syringe exchange program, or plan to enact one prior to being approved to participate; have a minimum of 350 cases of individuals living with HIV/AIDS; and have a prevalence rate attributable to injection drug use of at least 300 per 100,000 population.
Minorities account for 75 percent of cumulative HIV/AIDS cases among adults and adolescents and 78 percent of all persons living with HIV/AIDS. Almost seven out of 10 persons living with HIV/AIDS are 40 years of age or older.
For more information about HIV/AIDS, visit www.nj.gov/health/aids or call the New Jersey HIV Helpline (1-866-HIV-CHECK).
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