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None of the three counties where an HIV outbreak in West Virginia was detected last year had needle exchange programs, federal investigators wrote in a report published last week.

“In these counties, the spread of bloodborne pathogens via injection drug use is a major public health concern, and risk reduction programs offering syringe services were not available, although they were available in other counties,” the report’s authors wrote.

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