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NCJ Number: 135851 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Needle-Exchange Programs via Syringe Tracking and Testing (SST)
Journal: AIDS Public Policy Journal  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1991)  Pages:109-115
Author(s): E H Kaplan
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 7
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Evaluations, based on self-reported data, of the efficacy of needle exchange programs in terms of preventing the transmission of AIDS may not be reliable because of the methods of data collection and because of the inability to rapidly evaluate program results.
Abstract: New Haven (Connecticut) has implemented a syringe tracking and testing system (SST) which provides rapid and relatively unobtrusive estimates of needle sharing, needle return rates and circulation times, and changes in the rate of HIV infection among needles distributed by the program. SST data, taken in conjunction with information from client surveys, can provide specific estimates of HIV prevalence among intravenous drug users, the incidence rate of new HIV infections, and the percentage reduction in HIV incidence resulting from the needle exchange program. Other aspects of needle-exchange programs that are important to document relate to the demographics of the clientele, entry into drug treatment, and the stability of the size of the intravenous drug-using population before and during needle exchange programs. 3 tables, 2 figures, and 14 notes
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention; Needle/syringe exchange programs
Index Term(s): Connecticut
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