Washington Needle-Exchange Programs Provides With New Weapon Against HIV

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Cityfunding for needle-exchange programs in Washington, D.C., will provide the districtwith a new "weapon" against HIV, a WashingtonPosteditorial says. According to the editorial, the "obstruction" againstcity funding for needle-exchange programs likely will end with the passage thisweek of a $555 billion fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending bill (HR 2764) (WashingtonPost, 12/21).

The House on Wednesday voted 272-142 to pass the bill, which includes a measurethat would lift a ban on funding for needle-exchange programs in the district. Thedistrict Department of Health has said it plans to allocate $1million in city funds for needle-exchange programs once the funding ban isremoved. The bill has been sent to President Bush, who is expected to sign themeasure (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report,12/20).

Mayor Adrian Fenty promised to "waste no time" in allocating fundingfor city needle-exchange programs once Bush signs the bill, the editorial says."That it took this long" to lift the ban is a "travesty"because HIV/AIDS is "ravaging" the district, the editorial says. However,with "its new authority, the district has another weapon in its uphillbattle against" HIV/AIDS, the editorial concludes (Washington Post,12/21).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view theentire Kaiser DailyHIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report ispublished for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J. Kaiser FamilyFoundation.

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