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The aim is to explore the diverse impacts of hepatitis C on patients’ lives, and to get input from as many patients globally as possible. The success of this project will be dependent on the widest possible participation — for the benefit of patients, the advancement of public policy and clinical practice, and the improvement of public understanding.
Some 12,000 participants and 1,200 journalists from all over the world gathered in Melbourne for the start of the AIDS 2014 Conference. Over five days delegates discussed the latest research developments and heard about the status of the epidemic from world renowned experts.
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The New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme is a health education and health promotion service for people who inject drugs.These pages are designed for the use of people over the age of 16.
If you are under 16, or are offended by direct discussion of drug related issues, please exit this website.
How the programme works
Needle Exchange in New Zealand is uniquely offered on the basis of user-pays. This means that, unlike other countries where the service is free, drug-users must buy new injection equipment. In October 2004, the NZ NEP introduced a voluntary free 1-4-1 [new for old] exchange distribution scheme.
Prices for injection equipment are set by the outlet concerned. Outlets may charge whatever they like for this service. Dedicated needle exchanges generally charge less, and some charge nothing, for equipment since this is their main activity whereas pharmacies may charge more.
This is no different to prices for groceries being higher in corner shops or a dairy than they are in supermarkets. Essentially users pay a higher price for the convenience of shopping locally. Prices for a single needle and syringe are generally less than NZ$1.
Comments and complaints about the price of injection equipment should be addressed to The Minister of Health, Parliament Buildings, Wellington (No stamp required).
Discounts off the price of new fits are offered by most outlets to encourage consumers to return used injection equipment. This discount is also set by the outlet concerned. Generally outlets offer a discount of around 20c if used equipment is returned.