Health Care for the Homeless provides
risk reduction materials (condoms, syringe exchange) and education for the
prevention of primary and secondary infectious diseases including HIV and
hepatitis A, B, and C; syphilis testing; and hepatitis A and B vaccinations.
IVDUs in New Mexico are 85% hepatitis
C positive and under the Department of Health, we test and vaccinate when
appropriate for hepatitis A and B. All syringe exchange participants and
high-risk groups are eligible for the vaccine.
We have a concerted community effort
in collaboration with the Department of Health to test and immunize persons at
high risk of infectious disease and especially those who are already infected
with hepatitis C.
We have a variety of broader
interventions including substance use harm reduction, auricular detoxification
acupuncture, referrals in HCH components for medical, dental, child and family
health, mental health, transitional housing for persons choosing abstinence from
drug use, social work, psychiatric services, and an open art studio.