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Action Alert: Call Your Senators TODAY to Protect Syringe Exhange Funding!

Posted by kristin , December 14, 2011

Action Alert: Call Your Senators TODAY to Protect Syringe Exhange Funding!

We need your help to protect syringe exchange programs. Call your Senator immediately!

Syringe exchange programs are under attack RIGHT NOW in last minute Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations negotiations. There have been remarkable gains in prevention over the past two years due to syringe exchange programs, all of which would be lost if language reinstating the federal ban on syringe exchange is included in the FY12 budget package.

Tell both your Senators: DO NOT REINSTATE FUNDING BAN ON SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS!

Call toll-free to: 1.800.828.0498. When you reach the Capitol Switchboard, ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. If you don’t know the names of your Senators visit the Senate website. If you have trouble getting through with the toll-free number, you can use the regular switchboard number: 1.202.224.3121.

When you call, tell your Senators that:

  • Reinstating the federal ban on syringe exchange programs will result in increased HIV and viral hepatitis infections in the United States
  • Syringe exchange is the one of the two most effective means of prevention of HIV transmission – the other is mother to child transmission
  • We need to fight HIV with all the tools at our disposal
  • Reinstatement will provoke outrage in the HIV and viral hepatitis communities months before the International AIDS Conference is held in Washington DC
  • Overturning the ban will cost the United States millions of dollars in future treatment HIV and viral hepatitis costs
  • The United States cannot afford to go back to a time when millions of dollars and thousands of lives are lost to HIV and viral hepatitis from injection drug use.

Please join us in our effort to protect this vital public health program. Thank you!

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