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Summer 2003 Issue
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STUDY SHOWS SYRINGE-EXCHANGE REDUCES HIV RISK BEHAVIOR

Drug users with access to syringe-exchange programs are up to six times less likely to put themselves at risk of HIV infection, according to a UC Davis study published recently in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

"While providing clean needles to drug users remains controversial, this study clearly shows that syringe-exchange programs save lives – and save society millions of dollars in health care costs," said lead author David R. Gibson, associate professor of infectious and immunologic diseases at UC Davis and a senior scientist at UC San Francisco's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

The study offers the most detailed examination to date of the complex factors of the role of syringe exchanges in reducing HIV risk behavior, Gibson said.

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