Harm reduction refers to any practice designed to decrease negative consequences of high-risk behavior. Unlike abstinence-only thinking, harm reduction embraces non-judgmental ways to reduce the risks of drug use and unprotected sex, such as sero-positioning or syringe exchange.
Since adopting harm reduction nearly 10 years ago, San Franciscans can access services without having to be “clean” and sober, yet harm reduction remains misunderstood by everyone from practitioners to the general public. Join us for an exploration of the philosophy behind harm reduction and its capacity to bring positive change to people’s lives.
Grant Colfax, M.D., Director, HIV Prevention and Research, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Perry Rhodes III, Site Supervisor, UCSF AIDS Health Project
Imani P. Woods, Lead Trainer and Principle, Progressive Solutions
Moderated by: Michael Siever, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health Services, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
HIVision is an ongoing forum series bringing research and evidence to bear on timely policy and programmatic issues. As thinking on HIV/AIDS continues to evolve, HIVision provides a safe venue to engage the community on potentially controversial topics.