World AIDS Day – 1st December 2008

26 11 2008

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HIV/AIDS has become a global epidemic for 27 years now.  According to Dr. Nora Volkow,  Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “HIV/AIDS has now become a pandemic that has literally put the world at risk, affecting diverse populations in different ways”.   

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 young adults 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.

Researchers have studied and continue to study the links between drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.

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In the Philippines, the Department of Health took the lead in establishing programs like the National AIDS STI Prevention and Control Program (NASPCP) in response to this emerging threat.  It was established that the two (2) highly vulnerable population groups are the Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). 

Drugs, whether intravenous or non-injection, can change the way the brain works, disrupting the parts of the brain that people use to weigh risks and benefits when making decisions, which can result in risky sexual behaviors and HIV infection.

Check out the links to the latest research findings and find out how you can help inform others about the connection between drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.

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