February 9, 2011
Safe Injection Site Lowers New HIV Cases in Vancouver
Insite, a safe injection site for IV drugs users in Vancouver, Canada, has caused a drop in new HIV cases among this high-risk group, The New York Times reports. About 800 injections take place daily at the site, which has an exemption from the country’s narcotics laws. Services available to IV drug users include cleans needles, which they can’t share with anyone else, and testing and treatment for HIV. Insite staff also hands out condoms, offers gynecological exams, treats for sexually transmitted infections, refers drug users for treatment and offers medical care such as draining and bandaging abscesses from dirty needles.
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