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Needle Exchange Programs for HIV Outbreaks

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH1; Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD2; Caitlin F. Priest, MPH3
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1Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
2Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington
3Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Indianapolis
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2085. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12672.
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To the Editor In the context of an outbreak of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Indiana, Drs Rich and Adashi1 offered a historical overview of needle and syringe exchange programs (NSEPs) and their benefits and implementation challenges related to fiscal and ideological barriers. Although significant challenges remain, we believe Indiana’s response has great potential to leverage strong, lasting public health partnerships in rural and underserved communities.


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November 17, 2015
Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH; Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS
1Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
2Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2085-2086. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12675.
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