NIDA Research Report

About the Course:

It is hard to believe that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic has been with us for a quarter of a century now. Early in the epidemic, drug abuse and HIV were typically connected in people’s minds with injection drug use and needle sharing. However, this view greatly underestimates the impact that drug abuse can have on the spread of HIV and AIDS through the dangerous risk behaviors it engenders. Drug and alcohol intoxication affect judgment and can lead to risky sexual behaviors that put people in danger of contracting or transmitting HIV. In addition, substance abuse may facilitate the progression of HIV infections by further compromising the immune system. Initially characterized by relatively localized outbreaks, HIV/AIDS has now become a pandemic that has literally put the world at risk, affecting diverse populations in different ways. And while all nations are affected by HIV/AIDS, each faces differing causes requiring customized prevention and treatment strategies.



Publication Date:

March 2006


NIDA Staff

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge HIV and AIDS. It is appropriate for all levels of treatment knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify who is at risk for HIV infection.

  2. Identify which populations are most affected by HIV/AIDS.

  3. Describe which HIV/AIDS prevention programs work best.

  4. Explain how HIV/AIDS has changed over the past 25 years.

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