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Read OHA's Guidance about COVID-19 Risk for Harm Reduction and Syringe Service Programs, March 29, 2020
In October 2017, Oregon was approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use funds from certain eligible Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) grants to support Syringe Services Programs. This Determination of Need was based on Oregon's increased risk for viral hepatitis and HIV infections related to non-sterile injection drug use. This allows public health programs to intensify HIV prevention among communities at risk, expand syringe access and disposal options, and focus on HIV testing and linkage to care.
Syringe services programs (SSP) are community based programs for people who inject drugs. SSPs provide a variety of services including free sterile needles and syringes, safe disposal areas, and access to prevention services such as HIV and Hepatitis C testing. These programs are important integrations in our efforts to prevent HIV transmission.
Harm Reduction and SSP Planning and Resource Manual
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