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Needle Exchange AND DISPOSAL

Sharing and re-using syringes can transmit disease, such as HIV and hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Needle exchange can prevent this transmission. Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) Needle Exchange provides:

  • New syringes and other items to help reduce disease transmission. No questions asked and no names used.
  • Disposal of used needles. Please bring your dirty needles.
  • HIV antibody testing, hepatitis testing, hepatitis A and B vaccines, condoms, and other health referrals upon request.

Needle exchange is available at all PHMDC HIV testing sites:

Call (608) 243-0411 during business hours if you have questions.

For more information on harm reduction and safer injecting practices:

Needle/syringe disposal




To participate in Wisconsin's Sharps Collection Program:

Preventing spread of disease

How to safely handle a syringe

  • Put on gloves. Do not touch the syringe with your hands.
  • Use pliers or tongs to pick up the syringe.
  • Bring the container to the syringe.
  • Cut the syringe immediately into a Sharps Disposal Container, or use a rigid plastic bottle like laundry detergent, not a soda bottle.
  • Place the syringe needle-first into the container. Clearly label the container with the words "bio-hazard" or "Sharps."
  • Remove your gloves, and wash your hands, or use alcohol gel to clean your hands as soon as possible.
  • Keep the Sharps Disposal Container in a secure location. This must be disposed of as biohazardous waste. Do not put in the trash.
  • Take it to a participating pharmacy:

Other Needle Exchange Programs in Dane Co.

  • Networks
    (AIDS Network):

    (608) 516-2158
  • Lifepoint
    (AIDS Resource Center of WI):

    (608) 332-6169