Closing the Implementation Gap to Stop HIV/AIDS – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Can people addicted to drugs be treated for AIDS in spite of their struggle against both diseases? For Dr. Julio Montaner, clinical director of a major AIDS research and treatment program in Vancouver, Canada, the answer is unequivocally yes.
Montaner: We have been able to show as a result, first, decreased morbidity and mortality related to AIDS, among these populations which are extremely important. But secondly, we showed that the clinical benefit that they derive is the same as the non-drug users . And thirdly, a societal benefit that is equally important is that we saw a fifty percent decrease in new HIV infections among drug users.
Narrator: For more on drug addiction, and AIDS research, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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