Safety First Syringe Exchange
Safety First Syringe Exchange Program (SEP)
is a prevention strategy that is proven to work.
Syracuse Office Hours: 637 W. Genesee Street
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Outreach Van Hours: Dudley & Fitch Street in Syracuse
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 2:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Utica Office Hours: 287 Genesee St.
Tuesday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Safety First SEP
- Provides new sterile syringes and other safer injection supplies, and safe disposal of used syringes.
- Helps injection drug users (IDUs) adopt behaviors which reduce their risk of contracting HIV or viral hepatitis.
- Educates clients about the importance of avoiding syringe sharing, safer injection techniques, and safer sex practices.
- Offers risk reduction counseling and referrals to HIV/STD/Hepatitis counseling and testing, health care, substance use programs, and social services.
- Provides male/female condoms, dental dams, and other safer sex supplies with instruction and demonstrations on their proper use.
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ACR Health's Safety First Syringe Exchange program consists of one mobile unit, SEP staff, and Peer Educators.
- The mobile unit operates at established locations on scheduled days and times.
- Public Health Law allows individuals to legally obtain and transport syringes provided they enroll in a confidential SEP program and carry an identification card with a unique number.
- Staff and Peer Educators visit targeted neighborhoods; educate about the dangers of sharing needles, injection equipment, and provide sterile syringes.
- Highly-trained peers also exchange syringes within their own social networks.
- Exchanges for IDU's can be arranged by SEP Staff in ACR Health's nine county region.
The Safety First Syringe Exchange Program is a prevention strategy that is proven to work. The AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health estimates that the twenty-five established syringe exchange programs may be responsible for at least a 50 percent and possibly as much as a 75 percent decline in rates of new HIV infection.