HIV Recycling Program

  • HIV Recycling Program



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HIV Medicine Recycling Program

Recycling is defined as the process of gathering, sorting, and storing unused medicines before their expiration date, discarding what is no longer viable, and redistributing these medications to non-US territories as humanitarian aid. AFA offices collect all medications related to the treatment of HIV & AIDS. These include:

Antiretroviral Medications, including:

  1. • Protease Inhibitors (PI)
  2. • Nucleoside Reverse Transciptase Inhibitors (NRTI)
  3. • Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTI)
  4. • Entry Inhibitors
  5. • Integrase Inhibitors
  6. • Single tablet Regimen

Medications to treat opportunistic infections, including:

  1. • Antifungals/Antimycotics (such as Fluconazole, Mycelex, Sporanox)
  2. • Antivirals (such as Acyclovir, Flamicovir, Valacylovir)
  3. • Antibiotics (such as Ciprofloxacin, Amoxicilin, Metronidazole)

AID FOR AIDS cannot accept narcotics or any narcotic derivatives.

The HIV Medicine Recycling Program has been designed to reach a specific target population: people with HIV who are in treatment. Utilizing medical representatives, a drop-off program, and Internet advertisements, AFA reaches the target population, their caregivers, and any community-based organizations providing services to people affected by HIV & AIDS.

Donate Medicine to AID FOR AIDS

Donors are a very important part of AFA, and we welcome your assistance in donating medicine for people in need. AID FOR AIDS takes all unexpired antiretroviral and HIV prophylaxis medications in their original containers.  AFA accepts sealed containers of liquid and powder medications, and both sealed and unsealed containers of pills.

To make any medicine donation, please follow these instructions:

  1. If you live in the New York Metropolitan Area please check the list of drop-off points available in your area to avoid the costs of packaging and shipping.
  2. To comply with applicable legal structures and to respect the confidentiality of people with HIV, please remove the names and addresses of all individuals from prescription bottles. Always leave name of the medicine and expiration date visible.
  3. Please place all pill bottles in a (sealable) plastic bag and place this bag inside a padded envelope or cardboard box. All pill bottles should be securely closed. Please: no loose capsules or tablets should be present in the plastic bag or box!
  4. Please fill out the Donor card, print it, and place the card inside the envelope or box. If you would like to keep your donation anonymous please fill out the statistics fields, since we need to keep track of donations trends.


The Medical Representative Initiative

We are always looking for Medical Representatives to cooperate with AID FOR AIDS in addition to our individual donors. Physicians who wish to cooperate with AFA are provided with information about the HIV Medicine Recycling Program for their patients. If possible, physicians are encouraged to remind their patients to donate their unused medication and collect it for AFA.
To join this initiative, please send an e-mail to:

The Drop-Off Program

Individuals donate 80% of all prescriptions received by AID FOR AIDS. To avoid shipping costs and increase the efficiency and productivity of the collection process we created the Drop-off Program, a network of community-based organizations that provide services to people with HIV. These organizations agree to provide information about AFA to their clients and/or collect unused medications from their clients in the form of drop boxes that are carefully managed and statistically tracked by AFA.

The Drop-Off Program is a vital part of the Recycling Program, allowing for an increase in information, donations, and education.  If you are interested in sponsoring a drop-off box or joining the network, please send an e-mail to:

FAQs about donating medicine to AID FOR AIDS (AFA)

What does AFA do with the donated medicines?

AFA currently provides lifelong antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and treatment education (secondary prevention, side effects management, adherence support) to over 550 HIV+ individuals (mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean) who would not otherwise have access to these life-saving therapies.

All donated medicines are sent directly to patients and/or their healthcare providers. AID FOR AIDS has established ongoing relationships with both doctors and patients in order to ensure proper use and continuity of care.

What medicines does AFA collect?

We collect (“recycle”) all antiretroviral medication in both adult and pediatric formulas and dosages.
We also collect and welcome donations of medicines to prevent and treat HIV-related opportunistic infections (“OIs”), such as antibiotics, antifungals, and other antivirals (e.g., for herpes infections). Other medicines include those used for HIV wasting disease and side-effects management (e.g., for peripheral neuropathy, lipid lowering drugs).

Does the U.S. government allows donated drugs to be sent abroad?

All donated medications are distributed outside the United States as humanitarian aid. For more information, see the World Health Organization’s “Guideline for Drug Donations” at: Department of Essential Drugs and Other Medicines, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.

Does AFA accept medications past their expiration date?

No, it is currently AFA’s policy not to accept medicines past their expiration date.

Do I need to do anything to the bottles before I send them?

To comply with applicable legal structures and to respect the confidentiality of people with HIV, we kindly request that you remove the names and addresses of all individuals from prescription bottles.

What if the medicine requires refrigeration?

Two of the protease inhibitors, require refrigeration:
Aptivus 250mg (tipranavir)
Norvir (ritonavir) capsules
Please promptly refrigerate these medications once in your possession and keep them refrigerated until the day they are shipped.

I live or work in the New York City area. What is the best way to get the medicines to you?

If you live in the New York Metropolitan Area, you can drop medications off at one of our NYC drop-off sites:

131 Varick Street. Suite 1011
New York, NY 10013
Subway directions: Closest subway is # C/E train to Spring Street Stop or 1/ to Houston

West Village

Lesbian and Gay Community Center
208 West 13th Street
(Between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Leave box at front desk at main entrance
Subway directions: Closest subway is 14th Street stop on #1/9/2/3 and A/C/E train to 14th Street stop.


Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
119 West 24th Street Ð 7th Floor
(Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Leave with/for Fausto Paez
Subway directions: Closest station is 23rd Street stop on B/D/F/V trains (and PATH) or 1/9 train.

If you need to arrange for a pick-up, please call or e-mail us to arrange for a pick-up.
Telephone: (212) 337-8043

I live outside the New York City area. What is the best way to get the medicines to you?

For medicine donations outside of the New York City area, please ship all medications via U.S. mail (or any other carrier you wish to choose) directly to our New York City office:

131 Varick Street. Suite 1011
New York, NY 10013
(212) 337-8043 ext.

If you are sending cold-storage medicines, please send these medications Priority Next Day Air in order to keep the medication from deteriorating. (It is acceptable to put both cold-stored and non-cold-stored medications into the same box for shipping.) No dry ice or cold packs are required for cold-stored medications.

What if I cannot afford to send you the medications I have?

We can also arrange for United Parcel Service (UPS) to pick up boxes of 5 pounds or more if you or your organization is not able to absorb the cost of shipment.
If you need to arrange a United Parcel Service (UPS) pick-up, please call our office (212-337-8043 extension 303) so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Send the medications by regular mail or ground service to:

Recycling Program
131 Varick Street. Suite 1011
New York, NY 10013

Still have questions?

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If you have additional questions about how to make your donation, please click in (FAQs about Donating Medicine to AID FOR AIDS), or take a moment to fill out this form completely. This information will be used to contact you to ask you more detailed information about your donation or answer your questions.

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