amfar Order (Variety) see amfAR Syringe Exchange Supply Order Form
Information taken directly from “Guide to Developing and Managing Syringe Access Programs” by Harm Reduction Coalition, 2010
Needle Gauge: Refers to the size of the bore or hole in the needle. With needles, the higher the gauge (G), the thinner the needle. Standard insulin sets, often popular with injection drug users, typically have a 27 gauge (27G) or 28G needle. Standard tuberculin sets come with a 25G needle. Safer Injection Tip: The smaller the needle gauge (=higher number), the smaller the puncture wound and therefore, less bleeding, less damage to the vein and less opportunity for infection; it will also be easier to find smaller veins. Intramuscular injections- required for steroids and other hormones- require a larger gauge needle (typically 21G or 23G). People injecting methadone and/or certain drugs that are cut with a lot of impurities that may clog the syringe may also prefer needles with a higher gauge (smaller number).
Needle Length: Insulin needles are typically 1/2 inch in length and tuberculin needles are typically 5/8 inch in length- these are usually preferable for intravenous drug injectors. Longer needles are typically needed for intramuscular injections.
Safer Injection Tip: A needle that is too short may miss the vein, and one that is too long may go through the vein or be difficult to position.
Syringe Barrel Size: Standard insulin and tuberculin syringes are typically 1cc or 1/2cc in size and calibrated by .10ccs along the barrel of the syringe. Most intravenous drug users will prefer either 1cc or 1/2 cc syringes. People injecting cocaine and other drugs that may require more dilute may prefer 1cc syringes. Methadone and/or steroid or hormone injectors may request 3cc syringes.