189 used syringes collected
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 22, 2015) — During the first week of operation, 57 intravenous drug users visited the Louisville Syringe Exchange Program. Overall, 1,352 clean syringes were distributed, 189 used syringes were collected and properly disposed and 12 people requested HIV tests.
The Syringe Exchange Program, operated by the Department of Public Health and Wellness, provides free syringes, HIV testing and prevention supplies, as well as education regarding hepatitis C transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, wound care, and proper syringe disposal. Referrals will be made for those who test positive for HIV or hepatitis C as well as for those seeking drug treatment, and other health and social services.