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How do Needle Exchange Programs help prevent the spread of infectious diseases?
Needle Exchange Programs play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C by providing clean needles and syringes to individuals who use drugs. By offering a safe way to dispose of used needles and access sterile injecting equipment, these programs reduce the risk of sharing contaminated equipment, which can transmit blood-borne infections. In addition to providing clean needles, Needle Exchange Programs often offer other harm reduction services, including education on safe injecting practices, testing and treatment referrals for infectious diseases, and overdose prevention resources.