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Comment & Response
November 17, 2015

Needle Exchange Programs for HIV Outbreaks

Author Affiliations
  • 1Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
  • 2Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington
  • 3Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Indianapolis
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2085. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12672

To the Editor In the context of an outbreak of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Indiana, Drs Rich and Adashi1 offered a historical overview of needle and syringe exchange programs (NSEPs) and their benefits and implementation challenges related to fiscal and ideological barriers. Although significant challenges remain, we believe Indiana’s response has great potential to leverage strong, lasting public health partnerships in rural and underserved communities.