The Needle Exchange program aims to protect public safety and community health by reducing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C due to people sharing syringes. The program works to keep sterile syringes accessible so that those who inject drugs or hormones do not feel a need to share their syringes and risk becoming infected with HIV, HCV, or another blood borne disease.
We look to support the health of people who inject drugs, as well as their families and sexual partners. Many find that quitting drugs improves their lives, BUT, this does not work for everyone, and it is an individual decision. We do not push people to get into treatment. We help those who choose to do so by giving referrals, advocacy, and counseling on the issue. All services are confidential.
Syringe Exchange for Hormone Injectors
We provide syringe exchange services to people in the Transgender Community who inject hormones. We provide needles and syringes most commonly used to inject hormones and accept used syringes for disposal. We also provide sharps containers and safer injection supplies as funding allows, including alcohol wipes and bandaids. Trans NEX happens on the last Wednesday of every month from 5-8pm at the Wayward Lamb during the We/Us/Ours social hour put on by Transponder. Free HIV testing is available.
Trans syringe exchange is available every last Wednesdays of the month from 5-8pm at the Wayward Lamb, 150 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
Syringe Exchange for Injection Drug Users
We provide syringe exchange services to injection drug users. We provide new needles and accept used syringes for disposal. We are a one for one exchange and have safer injection kits available for clients who don’t have used needles to exchange. WE provide sharps containers and safer injection supplies as funding allows, including alcohol wipes, cottons and bandaids. We have a wound care doctor available (on these days) and we are providing overdose prevention kits (on these days).
Eugene (1966 Garden Ave):
Roseburg (647 W. Luellen Dr, Suite 103):
Josephine (Newman’s Church):
1st and 3rd Thursdays Testing 1:30-3:30pm NEX 12-3pm
HIV Alliance is the only agency providing comprehensive syringe exchange programs in Lane, Douglas, and Josephine Counties, but we need your help to continue doing so. Please consider making a small donation today. With each dollar, we are able to purchase 10 new syringes. It truly makes a difference. Click here to make a difference today!
Harm Reduction is a public health philosophy that seeks to empower individuals, remove barriers to accessing the support that they need, and supply pragmatic approaches to risk reduction in a non-judgmental/non-coercive way that is compassionate and accepting of any positive change. Harm Reduction supports a wide spectrum of strategies from doing the behavior more safely, to limiting certain behaviors, to abstinence.
Principles of Harm Reduction include:
Despite evidence from many studies that syringe exchange programs are highly cost-effective ways to prevent HIV and have not been found to increase drug use, harm reduction programs continue to be heavily contested here in the US and around the world. On a global basis, about $100 billion is spent annually on the war on drugs. Research by Harm Reduction International indicates that if even as little as 7.5% of this $100 billion is redirected to harm reduction programs, by 2030 there would be 94% fewer new HIV infections among people who inject drugs. HIV Alliance is the only agency providing comprehensive syringe exchange programs in Lane, Douglas, and Josephine Counties, but we need your help to continue doing so. Please consider making a small donation today. With each dollar, we are able to purchase 10 new syringes. It truly makes a difference. Click here and be the difference!
The Harm Reduction Coalition is a quarterly meeting discussing health and wellness of people who inject drugs. The Coalition’s goals include:
For more information or to attend a meeting contact the Prevention Manager at 541.342.5088.
The HCV Community Health Program at HIV Alliance is designed to help people living with HCV in Lane County to stabilize and maintain their health through support, advocacy, referral services, and emergency financial assistance. Clients struggling to meet basic needs can work with our Community Health Worker to access transportation and nutrition assistance.
In September 2014, we began a partnership with Food For Lane County to insure that our HCV clients are receiving healthy food on a regular basis.
The better you take care of yourself, the slower that the damage to the liver. On average, it takes 20 years to develop symptoms for chronic HCV. With alcohol or HIV, the average number drops to 7 years. So whether or not medicine is available, taking better care of your body will help.
There are 6 HCV genotypes. Treatment success is dependent on genotype and has a 40 – 80% chance of being successful. All genotypes result in the same level of liver damage.
Side effects of medicine include flu-like symptoms, muscle and joint pain, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, dry skin anxiety, insomnia, and depression. They vary greatly in number and severity based on the person.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that is transmitted by blood only. The word Hepatitis literally means “inflammation of the liver.” Hepatitis can be caused by viruses (such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C), or by drugs, medicine, alcohol, toxins, autoimmune disease, and bacteria. The liver itself performs over 500 bodily functions and when damaged can impact the functioning and health of other organs in the body. Complications of long term liver disease include:
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