Could Better Syringes Reduce HIV Transmission?

Around the world, some 15.9 million people use drugs that they inject with a needle. Though in some places HIV rates among drug users are quite low, in many Eastern European and Asian cities more than 70 percent of such drugs users have been infected with the virus. Needle and syringe exchanges can help, but according to a new paper in the International Journal of Drug Policy, another option should be investigated: Distributing so-called "low-dead-space syringes," which in laboratory settings have been show to dramatically reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission.