National Institute on Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. Drug use has been linked to HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, and NIDA is committed to supporting research that leads to new, effective approaches for the prevention and treatment of HIV in drug abusers.

NIDA’s AIDS Research Program supports these efforts by coordinating the development of NIDA’s research priorities as well as collaborations across NIH, Health and Human Services (HHS), and other Federal agencies. For example, NIDA is testing the “Seek, Test, Treat and Retain” model of care within vulnerable populations, including the criminal justice system, to establish effective strategies to identify HIV-infected individuals, link them to the care they need, and support them throughout their ongoing treatment programs. NIDA has partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to accelerate research discoveries into clinical practice through the Blending Initiative. NIDA has also developed outreach activities such as the Drugs + HIV – Learn the Link campaign for teens and young adults to educate them about the role drug abuse plays in the spread of HIV in the United States. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about how NIDA is committed to achieving an “AIDS-free generation.”

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Last revised: 05/01/2012