Syringe Access Programs: At the Intersection of Harm Reduction and Linkage to Care

October 15, 2015 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern | View Handout

Syringe access is an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention that uses harm reduction principles to engage with people who use drugs. Programs provide tools, information, and referrals that individuals can use to improve their health and wellbeing. Syringe access programs respect, value, and prioritize the human rights and dignity of people who use drugs, while challenging drug-related stigma. Using this approach, these programs are uniquely able to help participants navigate common obstacles to health care access and retention in care.

This webinar will provide background on syringe access service delivery, principles of harm reduction, and models of how programs at community-based organizations have been successful in connecting drug users to HIV screening, prevention, treatment, and care in both urban and rural settings. Presenters will also discuss the financial barriers to operating syringe access programs and the ways they have addressed these funding challenges.

This webinar is co-sponsored by AIDS United and the Harm Reduction Coalition and hosted by The Fenway Institute.