January / December #19 : Special Delivery - by Walter Armstrong and Faye Penn

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Cheese and Crackers

Blood from a Stone

A World Drenched in Blood

The Bride Wore White

Life After Ryan

Dream Team

Unmasked Avenger

S.O.S.

Mailbox

Special Delivery

Tattoo Hullabaloo

Dirty Sticks, Dirty Tricks

Best Little U.S. AIDS Hospital

Blow It Dry

Desert Flora Has Anti-HIV Aura

DOT's the Limit

Murder by Member

Milk and Money

Stoned in a Park

By Any Peer Necessary

Obituaries

Dubin's List

Blood Money

Taxi-cum-Pro

If the Birds Come

POZ Picks-December 1996/January 1997

Home of the Brave

POZ Biz-December 1996/January 1997

Tribute-December 1996/January 1997

Patrick Webb's Adventures With Punchinello

Cremation Sensation

Sexual Healing

A Holistic Holiday How-To

Wisdom Out of Africa

And Nary a Drop to Drink

Adding in the Health Factor

Hitting Herpes Hard

Q Tip

Managed Care Joins Death and Taxes

Play Your Cards Right

Raising Hormones

Deadly Cocktails

In the Den

The Dating Game



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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January / December 1997

Special Delivery

by Walter Armstrong and Faye Penn

Drops for dirty works keep streets clean

Injection-drug users are making the most of an innovative needle-disposal program in Baltimore. In July, in an experiment funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the city installed four special mailboxes in areas with heavy drug use that are far from the city needle-exchange program. Some activists initially voiced skepticism, arguing that unlike syringe swaps, the new program offered neither prevention tools nor incentive for participation. But health officials found otherwise in focus groups with users. "We asked them, 'Would you use the needle-drops?' About 75 percent said they would," said Peter Beilenson, Baltimore health commissioner. So far, the boxes have collected hundreds of dirty needles-and a few letters. "We mailed all of them," Beilenson said.



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