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Syringe Services Programs & Harm Reduction

People who inject drugs continue to be at risk for HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) infection in California. Research has consistently found that increasing access to sterile syringes significantly reduces the risk of HIV transmission. California law supports public health efforts to expand access to sterile syringes through both syringe exchange programs (SEPs, also known as syringe services programs) and nonprescription syringe sale in pharmacies.

To find a syringe exchange program near you, see the Directory of California SEPs.

​Contact Information

To contact the CDPH/Office of AIDS Harm Reduction Unit, please email ​

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