On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Norton Says D.C. Has Made Progress Since Removal Of Deadly Needle Exchange Rider


On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Norton Says D.C. Has Made Progress Since Removal of Deadly Needle Exchange Rider

Feb 7, 2018

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement as the nation recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day today.
“Ever since I was able to remove the deadly rider that banned D.C. from using local funds for needle exchange programs, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases attributable to injection drug use has fallen by 95 percent in our city,” Norton said.  “Yet, because of those 10 years when Congress kept D.C. from using its local funds on needle exchange, our city still has an epidemic-level infection rate.  Most disconcerting, despite making up 47 …

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