About the Project

Clean Needles Save Lives documented the illegal ACT UP needle exchange program on the streets of New York, in which former and recovering drug users spoke about risk reduction and safe sex to an audience that included current drug users.


The documentary video addressed straight, lesbian, and gay drug users—in or out of recovery—and served as an organizing tool for people who are not perceived by the dominant media or the government as deserving of AIDS prevention, health, and treatment services.




Multiple Artists

Clean Needles Save Lives: Drug Users Doing It For Ourselves