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August 9, 2010
Free Crack Pipes for HIV Prevention in Seattle
The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a Seattle-based
nonprofit group, has started a new program that hands out free crack pipes to
reduce HIV transmission, Hip-Hop Wired reports. The group claims cuts on the
mouth from broken pipes contribute to HIV transmission. The group also runs a
needle exchange program for intravenous drug users. Studies support needle
exchange programs for HIV prevention, officials said, but no similar studies
exist for distributing free crack pipes.