Syringe Access Saves Lives

Watch the manager of a syringe access program explain how access to clean syringes empowers members of the community and protects public health from HIV, hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens.

ARCH Nurse Program

The Access to Reproductive Care and HIV Services (ARCH) is a comprehensive initiative that embeds a licensed registered nurse at each of the Syringe Access Programs (SAPs). The primary mission of the program is to identify pregnant clients at high risk for HIV infection and engage them in prenatal care.

ARCH nurses counsel about reproductive health and reducing HIV transmission, conduct pregnancy and STD testing, offer adult vaccines, teach safer injection practices, provide wound care consultations and arrange referrals for preconception, PrEP, prenatal and HIV specialty care.

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Contact the Program

Syringe Access Program
Division of HIV, STD and TB Services
50 E State Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0363

Phone: 609-984-6050
Fax: 609-292-6009

Syringe Access Program

Syringe Access Programs (SAPs) are community-based programs that provide access to sterile syringes, needles and other injection equipment and facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Clients can bring in used syringes and leave with new sterile syringes. SAPs provide a comprehensive approach to harm reduction by integrating behavioral interventions and access to services to prevent and reduce the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne diseases. Some SAPs are housed in drop-in centers. Drop-in centers may provide participants with access to food, telephone, laundry services, restrooms, showers, and computer services.

About Syringe Access Program Sites

Each SAP site is staffed by an Access to Reproductive Care and HIV (ARCH) Nurse who provides services to prevent transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C from mother to child through the early identification of high-risk women (i.e., females of reproductive age who injects drugs). The New Jersey SAPs have served to bridge major health gaps in services for people who inject drugs (PWID) by providing services such as health screenings, pregnancy testing and linkage to prenatal care, nutritional counseling, reproductive counseling for women of child bearing age, vaccinations, condom distribution, safe sex education, safe injection practices, wound care, drug overdose prevention and reversal.

The ARCH nurses located at SAP sites offer the following:

  • HIV and viral hepatitis testing and counseling with linkage to medical care
  • Condoms
  • Referral and linkage to medical care, mental health and social services, including drug treatment
  • Overdose prevention education and access to Naloxone
  • Safe disposal of injection equipment education
  • Safe injection practices and wound care.
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Asbury Park

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, Prevention Resource Network, Asbury Park
805 4th Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
P: 732-445-5516

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Atlantic City

South Jersey AIDS Alliance, Atlantic City
32 S. Tennessee Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
P: 609-572-1929

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Drop-Ins welcome

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Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC) (Mobile Site)
Camden Syringe Access Program - Lifeworks
2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
P: 856-963-2432 Ext. 219

Hours of operation:
Monday: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

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Jersey City

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation- Jersey City
48 Fairview Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
P: 201-360-3910

Hours of operation:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Drop-Ins Welcome

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North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)
393 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103
P: 973-483-3444 Ext. 222

Hours of operation:
Monday: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM      

Drop-Ins Welcome

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Hyacinth AIDS Foundation -Paterson (Mobile Site)
Montgomery Street (between Straight St. & River St.)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Walgreen’s on East 18th St. (near Ellison St. & Madison Av.), Paterson, NJ
Monday- Friday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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Hyacinth AIDS Foundation -Trenton
849 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
P: 609-396-8322

Hours of operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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Last Reviewed: 12/6/2018