The CHOW Project
The CHOW Project’s mission is to prevent the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood-borne pathogen’s among high-risk drug users in Hawaii.
In 2010, The CHOW Project exchanged just under 600,000 syringes throughout Hawaii, which is the largest amount in the Project’s 20 year history. Four years ago, CHOW began a seroprevalence study of HIV and hepatitis C among its participants. In 2010, 79% of CHOW participants over 30 had antibodies to hepatitis C, while only 17% of those under 30 had anti-HCV. CHOW is focusing more resources and efforts to work with young injection drug users to support them in staying hepatitis C negative.