Pubdate: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 "Needle and Syringe Exchange: Pride and Prejudice" Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (09/9710/97) Vol. 8, No. 5, P. 18; BradleySpringer, Lucy Increasing evidence suggests that needle and syringe exchange programs (N/SEPs), operated in conjunction with education and counseling programs, significantly reduce transmission rates of HIV and other bloodborne diseases in injection drugusing populations. According to an article published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the programs may lead more injection drug users to seek treatment for addiction. Worldwide studies have found no evidence linking N/SEPs to increased drug use. At the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Intervention to Prevent HIV Risk Behaviors in February, participants recognized both the scientific evidence supporting N/SEPs and the political will that is blocking their standardization in the United States.