Syringe Access (Needle Exchange)

Sterile Syringes and Needles Prevent the Spread of HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C

Syringe access programs will give you free needles and injection supplies to help minimize your risk of infection. These programs can also connect you to a wide range of community and health services. See below for a list of programs.

Syringe and Needle Disposal

Please dispose of used needles and syringes safely. In San Francisco, all public hospitals and community clinics accept used needles and syringes at no charge, and there is a needle and syringe disposal program. If you find syringes or needles in a public area, do not clean them up yourself. Instead, call the San Francisco Department of Public Works or 311.

For additional information about the Syringe Access and Disposal Program click here

Starting January 1, 2015 Syringe Possesion and Sale Laws Change

Assembly Bill 1743 (Ting, Statutes of 2014) made important changes to California law governing possession and sale of syringes.  Quick recap: As of January 1, 2015, licensed pharmacists can sell syringes to adults age 18 and older without a prescription. There is no longer any limit on the number of needles and syringes that may be sold to a customer.

Adults age 18 and older may possess needles and syringes for personal use if acquired from a pharmacy, physician or authorized syringe exchange program. There is no longer any limit on the number of needles and syringes that an adult may purchase and possess.

Syringe Access and Disposal Brochure

Attached are two versions of the same fact sheet: feel free to use the PDF version on your website or provide to law enforcement if it’s useful to have the state Office of AIDS logo. Use the word version to remove the logo and put in your own, to cut and paste into palm cards, labels on syringe disposal containers, or any other use you may have.

Fact Sheet PDF version

Fact Sheet Word version

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