Safe Harbor Incorporating Needle Exchange (SHINE)

Howard Brown Health has one of the only needle exchanges that is run by and for trans and nonbinary (TNB) people in country – Safe Harbor Incorporating Needle Exchange, or SHINE.

SHINE offers safer injection supplies for intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intravenous use.  So often, needle exchanges are not only unsafe environments for TNB people, but often don’t carry the supplies needed for safer hormone injection.  SHINE centers every part of our exchange on the needs of TNB people and creates a safer TNB-only space that is welcoming, celebratory and community-informed.

SHINE operates during After Hours, on the first and third Friday of the month, from 6 – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact 773.388.1600 or email trans health at

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