Issue Brief: Expanding SSPs Can Help Curb Surge in Hepatitis C and HIV Cases

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law‘s new issue brief, Community Experience Offers Lessons for Expanding Access to Syringe Services Programs, provides communities and policymakers with information they can use to build needed support for Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) to reduce HCV and HIV incidence.  Cases of HCV increased three-and-a-half times from 2010-2016, primarily due to an increase in injection drug use and lack of access to sterile syringes.  SSP services are known to assist in preventing HCV and are essential to drug user health.  The brief highlights the mismatch of needs and services and the importance of community partnerships to address concerns and quickly respond as issues arise.

Read the issue brief to learn more about SSPs and HCV.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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