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Archival Content: 1999-2005

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Benefits of outreach

When done consistently and well, outreach can benefit drug users and others at risk:

  • It helps them make positive behavior changes that reduce their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, and viral hepatitis.
  • It helps them enter care and receive social service systems through alternative avenues that work better for them. This is important because drug users are often suspicious of medical professionals and traditional services.

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