AFEW signs Position Statement on U.S. Congressional ban on the use of federal funds to support syringe exchange programs
Amsterdam, the Netherlands (10.02.2012) – AIDS Foundation East-West joins the group of authoritative international institutions, organisations and individuals that work in the field of HIV and AIDS worldwide and signs the Position Statement on U.S. Congressional ban on the use of federal funds to support syringe exchange programs.
In December 2011 the U.S. Congress reinstated the ban on the use of federal funds to support syringe exchange programs (SEPs). The ban on U.S. federal funds for SEPs was enacted in 1988, but had been repealed by Congress in 2009, after 8 U.S. federally funded reports and a plethora of international research consistently showed that SEPs can reduce syringe-sharing, HIV prevalence and incidence and are cost-effective.
Denying syringe exchange programs’ access to U.S. federal funds, severely limits the provision of comprehensive HIV prevention services for people who inject drugs – “critical services that usually are offered at SEPs, and will prevent the US from reaching its national and international targets on HIV prevention,” – says in the statement.
“Given that people who inject drugs account for 30% of global HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa, we urge the U.S Congress to immediately repeal the U.S. ban on the use of federal funds to support SEPs, which we consider a deadly public policy,” – the statement concludes.
Previously AFEW has also supported the Vienna Declaration.
The statement is available at the link below.