EXCHANGE OF SYRINGES
The exchange of syringes and the provision of additional basic medical supplies to people who inject drugs is an important aspect in preventing the spread of blood and sexually transmitted infections, especially viral hepatitis B, C, syphilis and HIV. Civic association Odyseus has been exchanging syringes and distributing other medical supplies since 1997. There are only 3 organizations in Slovakia that provide harm reduction services, two in Bratislava (Civic association Odyseus, Civic association Prima) and Civic association Storm in Nitra, Sereď and Trnava.
Harm reduction is an approach based on reducing the risks associated with drug use and working in the street sex business. Civic association Odyseus, in addition to exchanging syringes, distributes e.g. male and female condoms, lubricating gels, plasters and bandages, injection water, alcohol tampons and dry tampons, but also info-educational materials and provides social counseling, counseling in the field of drugs and sex business, etc. Syringe exchange services are anonymous and low-threshold, in the natural environment of people from the community. In addition, Civic association Odyseus offers the opportunity to test for HIV, syphilis or HCV antibodies.
Syringe exchange program times
Civic association Odyseus
Monday and Thursday
12:30 – 15:30 – Center K2 – contact with the community (Pentagon, Stavbárska street 40, Bratislava), inner block
11:00 – 13:00 – Slovnaftská street parking lot, white Peugeot Boxer
18:45 – 19:45 – Panónska road, close to AAA auto, white Peugeot Boxer
20:15 – 21:45 – Trnavské mýto, at the market place (at the trolleybus stop), white Peugeot Boxer
20:00 – 21:30 – Trnavské mýto, at the market place (at the trolleybus stop), pedestrian service
For more information, you can contact the staff of the K2 Center – contact with the community:
telephone number.: 0948 721 025
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