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Needle Exchange Program

Updated July 10, 2014 


The Needle Exchange Program is a one-for-one syringe exchange program.  We provide new needles in exchange for old needles.  We also provide mobile HIV testing, safe disposal of used needles, condoms, and information and referrals for HIV and substance abuse treatment services. 
In 2006, syringe exchange was made legal in California.  The Needle Exchange Program has been approved by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, as permitted by HS Code 11364.7.  ​
​While drug use is not legal, this program is based on a harm reduction model that works to control the spread of blood borne viruses.  The bill was passed to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C infection in drug users. 
Clients can enroll in the program by filling out an anonymous one page form.  Clients will receive a membership card that they will need to bring every time they come to the Needle Exchange Program.  Client will be able to exchange needles the same day they join. 
For more information, please call the Needle Exchange Program at 1 (888) 308-1110.
Sites by location:*​

Coyote Creek Trail, Senter/ Story Road in San Jose (Mondays)

Lot at T-intersection of Keyes Road/ Story Road/ Senter Road.​
Knox Avenue in San Jose (Mondays) One block west of King Road on Story Road, turn right at Knox Avenue.​
South 2nd Street at Interstate-280 in San Jose (Tuesdays) Under the overpass, between 1st and 2nd Street.​
Crane Center in San Jose (Tuesday​s) Public Health, 976 Lenzen Avenue in rear of western parking lot​.
Alexian in San Jose (Thursdays) Jose Figueres Avenue at Alexian Drive, behind Regional Medical Center.​
Highland Avenue in San Jose (Friday​s) Public Health parking lot, Monterey Road at Highland Ave.​
Gilroy (Friday​s) Valley Health Center Parking Lot, at the corner of Gilman Road and Camino Arroyo​.
Little Orchard Avenue in San Jose (Friday​s) On Little Orchard, between Curtner and San Jose Avenue.​
Sites by day & time:​
Monday ​ 9:00 am - 10:30 am ​ Coyote Creek Trail​ in San Jose
Monday ​ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm​ Knox Avenue in San Jose​
Tuesday​ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm​ 2nd Street at Interstate-280 in San Jose ​
Tuesday​ 5:00 pm - 7:00​ Crane Center in San Jose ​​
Thursday​ 9:00 am - 10:30 am​ Alexian Health Center in San Jose ​​​
Friday​ 9:00 am - 10:00 am​ San Martin/Monterey Road at Highland Avenue in San Jose ​​​​
Friday​ 10:15 am - 11:15 am​ Gilman Road and Camino Arroyo in Gilroy​​​​
Friday​ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm​ Little Orchard in San Jose​
* No exchange services on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and County holidays.
​What to Expect at the Locations


  • We will not ask clients for their name or contact information.
  • Clients must bring their Sharps container of used needles to the exchange site.
  • If the needles are not returned in a Sharps container, we will provide the client with one.  
  • For the safety of the staff, clients will be asked to put used needles into a Sharps container for disposal.
  • Clients will receive new needles, a Sharps container, condoms, hygiene kits, and other safer injection supplies as needed.
  • Free rapid HIV tests are available and encouraged at the time of first visit.
Safe Injection Tips


  • Always use a new needle, filter, cooker, and sterile or boiled drinking water every time you inject. 
  • Never share needles, filters, cookers or other equipment.
  • Before injecting, wash your hands and clean your skin with an alcohol swab or at least soap and water.
  • Choose different areas on your body when injecting to reduce damage to vein and skin tissue.  
  • Do not recap your needle. 
  • Put used needles and cookers into a Sharps container.
  • Bring your used needles to one of our needle exchange sites.
Contact Us
Needle Exchange Program
976 Lenzen Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 1 (888) 308-1110
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays



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