|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 18, 2005
NIDA Press Office
Drug Abuse & HIV/AIDS: Learn The Link
Press Briefing & Science Meeting Hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
||Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the director of the National Institute
on Drug Abuse, will convene a press briefing to launch NIDA’s new public
awareness campaign on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.
A scientific meeting to share and discuss the latest scientific research
on the connection between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse will follow the press
|| Drug abuse continues to be a major avenue for the spread
of HIV/AIDS in the United States, owing in large part to the correlation
between drug use and other risky behaviors. Far beyond the implicit dangers
of injecting drugs and becoming infected by contaminated needles, drug
and alcohol use also leads to poor decision making and unsafe sexual behavior
that put individuals at risk for acquiring HIV. In addition, drug abuse
can adversely affect health and susceptibility to diseases. For these reasons,
NIDA views drug abuse treatment as essential HIV prevention.
The science meeting will feature leading researchers in the field, who
will discuss the linkages between drug abuse and HIV, including how drug
use can impact decision making.
||Tuesday, November 29, 2005
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Press Briefing
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Science Meeting
||National Press Club - Holeman Lounge
529-14th Street, NW - 13th Floor
(Metro Center stop)
||Reporters who wish to attend should call the NIDA Press
Office, tel. 301-443-6245.
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