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Needle Exchange Programs: Research Suggests Promise as an AIDS Prevention Strategy

HRD-93-60 Published: Mar 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 01, 1993.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed needle exchange programs' effectiveness in reducing the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), focusing on: (1) the success of domestic and international needle exchange programs; (2) the credibility of a Yale University forecasting model that estimates the impact of needle exchange programs on the spread of HIV; and (3) whether federal funds could be allocated for needle exchange program studies and demonstrations.

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