Drug users and alcohol drinkers are not only more susceptible to getting HIV/AIDS, but they are more likely to see the disease progress than those who do not drink or use illicit drugs. This page provides a number of articles and links on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and alcoholism and substance abuse.

This article, entitled “Injection Drug Use and HIV/AIDS Transmission in China,” reports that after nearly three decades of being virtually drug-free, use of heroin and other illicit drugs has reemerged in China as a major public health problem. One result is that drug abuse, particularly heroin injection, has come to play a predominant role in fueling China's AIDS epidemic.

Global Teen Challenge facilitates life transformation for people with life-controlling problems by providing guidance, training, resources and leadership worldwide. Of special interest on this site is a guide to different types of substances which are commonly abused.

This Alcohol Alert briefly examines the changing patterns of HIV transmission in the United States; the role of alcohol in the transmission of HIV within and potentially beyond high-risk populations; the potential influence of alcohol abuse on the progression and treatment of HIV-related illness; and the benefits of making alcoholism treatment an integral part of HIV prevention programs.

NIDA's mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction. This page provides easy-to-read and understand charts and graphs.

Geared for teens and young adults, NIDA has launched a public service campaign as part of its "Learn the Link" between drug abuse and HIV initiative. The campaign is designed to raise awareness among this generation of the real risks of drug use for transmitting HIV, and it encourages them to share this information with their peers to prevent the spread of this disease.

This web site provides numerous publications, resources, public service announcements, press releases and other helpful materials.

Many significant changes have occurred in recent years in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. In recognition of these advances and their impact on substance abuse treatment, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment convened a Consensus Panel in 1998 to update and expand TIP 15, Treatment for HIV-Infected Alcohol and Other Drug Abusers (CSAT, 1995b).

This page will link you with many resources connecting substance abuse and HIV/AIDS infection.

SAMHSA is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scroll through the “Browse by topic” section for information on a broad variety of subjects related to substance abuse, including HIV/AIDS.

This page provides the article Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With HIV/AIDS, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 37, produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA.

This web site contains numerous links on substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

This document, presented by UNAIDS, presents the devastating link between substance abuse and HIV/AIDS infection.


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