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Creighton University School of Law

Monday, February 6, 2006

AAP Backs Needle-Exchange Programs

From the AP (via The Washington Post):

Pediatricians should speak out in support of needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV among injection drug users, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a toughened policy statement.

Doctors also should discuss HIV risk with their teenage patients "with a nonjudgmental approach" and offer confidential help if local laws allow, the group says in the statement appearing Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

The full text of the new policy is here. [tm]

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