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Using knowledge and lessons learned through members’ experiences, UCHAPS prepares best practice documents to support program development and implementation within its membership and beyond.

Transgender HIV Prevention

Syringe Access


HIV prevention for transgender individuals must be a public health priority––local data
suggest disproportionately high rates of HIV with estimated infection rates among specific
transgender populations ranging from 14 percent to 69 percent. HIV prevention programs are often a gateway for transgender persons into social service or health care systems. It is critical to incorporate prevention programs into larger health and wellness initiatives and to address issues of stigma and discrimination.

Download the best practices recommended by UCHAPS jurisdictions to strengthen transgender HIV prevention initiatives.


Injection drug use presents an enormous HIV prevention challenge throughout the U.S., where approximately 1.5 million individuals may be injecting drugs each year. Syringe Access Programs have proven to be an effective intervention in preventing disease and other health burdens by providing sterile syringes, sterile injection equipment, and education to people who inject drugs, steroids, and hormones.

Download the best practices recommended by UCHAPS jurisdictions for developing and implementing SAPs.

 

2016 UPDATE: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Released Guidance to Support Accessing Federal Funds for Components of Syringe Services. Download key highlights or the full guidance for details on what services ar eligible to be supported and the process for determining need.

 

Download: County-level Vulnerability Assessment for Rapid Dissemination of HIV or HCV Infections among Persons who Inject Drugs, United States. The study highlights U.S. counties potentially vulnerable to HIV and HCV infections among PWID in the context of the national opioid epidemic.

 

 

 

Syringe Services Program (SSP)
Development and Implementation Guidelines


The SSP Development and Implementation Guidelines for State and Local Health Departments is a resource for health departments that wish to support SSPs for persons who inject drugs to prevent transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viruses such as HCV and to link them to vital prevention, medical and social services. For health departments currently implementing SSPs, these program guidelines provide information that can be used to enhance or expand services. For health departments interested in initiating an SSP, these guidelines address key issues to be considered before implementing an SSP.

Download the Syringe Services Program (SSP) Development and Implementation Guidelines for State and Local Health Departments

Spotlight

Large-Scale Testing Events: Best Practices from Houston's Hip Hop for HIV

Over 15,000 HIV tests in 22 days plus thousands tested and treated for STDs.

Download Best Practices [pdf]


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