On July 7, HHS released guidance for programs interested in implementing, with FY2010 appropriated dollars, syringe services programs (SSPs) for injection drug users (IDUs) as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. The term SSP is inclusive of syringe access, disposal, and needle exchange programs, as well as referral and linkage to HIV prevention services, substance abuse treatment, and medical and mental health care.
At this time, health department HIV prevention programs funded by CDC under PS 10-1001 (HIV Prevention Projects) and PS 10-1002 (Prevention Projects for the Pacific Islands) are eligible to use FY 2010 funds to support SSPs as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program.
I am pleased to share this news with you, as this modification allows CDC and its partners to more fully implement a comprehensive, evidence-informed approach for reducing HIV infection among persons who inject drugs.
/Jonathan H. Mermin/
Jonathan H. Mermin, M.D., M.P.H.
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral
Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention