World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, as well as on how much progress we've made in the national response to HIV. It's also an important opportunity to assess where we need to improve and what our next steps should be.
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Today, over one million Americans are living with HIV. One out of seven people with HIV is unaware of their HIV infection. Every year, on December 1st, World AIDS Day is observed to reflect on those whom we have lost to AIDS, and the many lives we can save in the years to come.World AIDS Day is significant to SAMHSA’s mission, as behaviors associated with substance use and mental disorders are risk factors for HIV. SAMHSA is the lead agency addressing behavioral health risk factors for people living with HIV/AIDS and provides grant opportunities to support:
Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. Many of us in the transgender (trans) community have been dismayed by the continued impact of HIV and AIDS on our trans sisters and brothers.
Last week, I attended the National Rx Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 policymakers, researchers, advocates, parents, and persons in recovery. The widespread abuse of prescription drugs, use of heroin, and lacing of heroin with fentanyl has resulted in an unrelenting rise in overdose deaths across the nation. The topic is of such critical and timely importance that President Obama participated in a panel discussion and announced new initiatives to combat this problem that is deeply affecting large swaths of the country.
The United States is experiencing a growing opioid epidemic, which has made many communities vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID). To address this issue, Members of Congress worked together late last year on a broad, bipartisan basis to revise a longstanding ban on the use of federal funds for Syringe Services Programs (SSPs). President Obama signed the bipartisan budget agreement into law, which makes it possible for grantees to use federal funds to support operational components of SSPs under certain circumstances.To support implementation of this change in law, the U.S.