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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As we observe World AIDS Day on December 1, we remember those we’ve lost to the disease, reflect on the progress we’ve made in treating patients, and resolve to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic. SAMHSA’s role in ending HIV is vitally important because the people we are charged with caring for – those with a mental or substance use disorder – are disproportionately affected by HIV.The good news is we have seen great success in treating HIV infection over the past 20 years. In fact, a 20-year old who is diagnosed today with HIV can have a near normal life expectancy if they take antiretroviral medication every day and maintain an undetectable level of virus in their blood.
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:
On behalf of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), we invite you to share your ideas, feedback and recommendations for updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Released in 2010, the Strategy is our nation’s first comprehensive plan to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and achieve a more coordinated national response.
You can submit your own ideas, and/or vote or comment on the recommendations of others through Friday, May 22, 2015.