Lee Hertel

Lee Hertel

Lee has been using injection drugs for the past 10 years. He has lived with HIV since 1987 and Hep C since 2004. He entered activism only very recently when he began handing out new points on the streets to men and women who use, but mainly inject.

Lee is a member of the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and represented them at the Ninth Annual Harm Reduction Conference in Portland, OR in 2012. He is a member of the Global Network of People Living with HIV's (GNP+) Key Populations Living with HIV/AIDS Working Group, as well as a member of the GNP+ board of directors. He also is a member of the World Health Organization's Civil Society Forum on the revision of guidelines addressing when to begin ARV in lesser-income countries.

Lee began his own syringe exchange, Lee's Rig Hub, in Minneapolis summer 2012, after the dissolution of Morpheus Project. He works mainly with youth, both homeless and precariously housed.
Lee works very closely with his participant's – often times hanging with them and using with them. He also regularly rides along with suppliers on their runs. In those situations, he's hardware and they're software, putting new sharp needles and the opiate overdose antidote naloxone, into the hands of as many people as possible.

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