Indiana counties’ syringe-exchange programs provide condoms

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Several Indiana counties are distributing free condoms as part of its syringe-exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.

The Kokomo Tribune ( ) reports that the Indiana State Department of Health declared a public health emergency in Lawrence County earlier this month. The Indiana Recovery Alliance, a Bloomington-based nonprofit that operates Monroe County’s needle-exchange program, will provide the same services in Lawrence County, including distributing free condoms.

Lawrence County public health nurse Sherry Lawson says handing out condoms is a good option for following best practices for harm reduction. Seven other Indiana counties that have been approved to operate syringe-exchange programs also do so.

The state doesn’t fund county syringe-exchange programs, and it doesn’t offer health departments any money or programs to buy or receive condoms.


Information from: Kokomo Tribune,


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