November #29 : Code Blue

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Elizabeth Taylor Tells the Truth


Letters to the Editor-November 1997

The Last Auction Hero

Suicide Ride

Twisted Sisters

Kiss Hysteria

French Toast

Code Blue

Coffee Talk

A Spot of Pot

Shalala Infections

Child’s Play

Hurray for Hollywood!

Say What - November 1997

Obituaries - November 1997

Tribute - Nigel Finch

True Brit

Baste Not, Want Not

Suicide Watch

Passage From India

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 1997

Code Blue

One-use needle activists

A new device will add some local color-but little else, say activists-to the black-and-white landscape of needle exchange. Developed by inventor Min Lim and lawyer Michael Marinangeli, the syringe has a chemical coating that turns blue 10 seconds after use. So what distinguishes it from the 500 or so patents for non-reusable needles? "It costs just pennies to make," Lim said. His syringes can be made without assembly-line modifications, whereas other one-use needles require major retooling to produce.

But prevention activists are underwhelmed. "This is a nonsense approach that doesn't address the real issue: People who inject drugs need access to sterile syringes," said Jason Farrell, of New York City's Positive Health Project, which runs a syringe-swap. The Harm Reduction Coalition's Alan Clear agreed. "The laws have to change, not the needles," he said, adding that DC and nine states require a doctor's script to buy needles, creating a fake shortage that leads to sharing and reuse.

Until the laws change, Lim and Marinangeli say, their invention will help health care workers avoid the accidental reuse of needles. Next up? Hmm...Condoms that squeak, "Use me"?

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