End the Epidemics Week 2020

This week, WORLD is participating in a week of action with End the Epidemics, a statewide coalition of advocates, activists and community members fighting to end the HIV, HCV & STD epidemics. Check out some of the info they’re sharing this week below, and read their letter to the California Congress’ budget committees.

Short video by Harm Reduction Coalition about how important harm reduction programs are essential to the COVID-19 response
Map highlighting the growth in syringe services programs since 2015 when the Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse was created

From ETE: “California is at a pivotal moment in the HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and STD epidemics. COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders are not going to make these epidemics disappear. In fact, without access to community testing, those most at risk for these conditions, especially Black and Brown communities and LGBTQ communities, are worse off. Now more than ever it’s crucial that we continue to invest in the services that these communities rely on.”