Needle Exchange and HIV

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ANA Position Statement - Approved 4/2/93

The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports the availability of needle exchange programs which include:
  • The adherence to public health and infection control guidelines
  • Education about the transmission of HIV disease
  • Confidential HIV testing with pre & post-test counseling
  • Access for referral of injection drug users (IDUs) to treatment and rehabilitation services
  • Access to needle exchange programs at the local community level
  • The development of public policy to support needle exchange programs with access to health screening and drug treatment services
  • The utilization of qualified health care providers, including nurses, as resources for quality, cost-effective program outcomes
  • Continued research of the effectiveness of needle exchange programs which include access to primary health care screening and drug treatment. 

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