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Drug abuse and addiction have been inextricably linked with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. The link has to do with heightened risk—both of contracting and transmitting HIV and of worsening its consequences. Learn more

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Learn about how NIDA’s AIDS Research Program supports an innovative and multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS research portfolio.

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HIV/AIDS (Research Reports)

Published March 2006. Revised July 2012. Explores the link between drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and discusses treatment options, populations most at risk, and trends in HIV/AIDS and what to do to counter these trends. En Español

HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse: Intertwined Epidemics (DrugFacts)

Revised May 2012. Describes how people who engage in drug use or high-risk behaviors associated with drug use also put themselves at risk for contracting or transmitting HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases. En Español

Proportion of AIDS cases among adults and adolescents by transmission category graph

Linked Epidemics: Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS (Topics in Brief)

Published October 2005. Examines the link between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse and the research underway to treat drug abuse, a potential prevention method for HIV/AIDS.

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Past information on many drugs of abuse is available on our Archives site.

This page was last updated December 2012