231 participants self-reported that they were referred by another needle exchange client. This proves that word-of-mouth advertising is what works with this population.
Caucasian clients make up 71% of the caseload; however, we are working on increasing the participation of African Americans.
1087 Rapid HIV tests have been completed on the van. 182 HIV tests were NEP clients. The other 905 were community members who accessed HIV testing because we brought the service to them. As a result of our success with reaching the community residents where we target injection drug users, we are planning to begin offering the combination Hepatitis A and B vaccine on the NEP in the coming weeks.
Other noteworthy numbers:
- 11 HIV Positives have been identified on the van.
- 40 formal referrals to treatment.
- 25 confirmed linkages to drug treatment.