Noticed yearly on December 1 since 1988, World AIDS Day permits the worldwide neighborhood to unite with one voice to commemorate the individuals who have misplaced their lives to AIDS, present help of individuals residing with and affected by HIV, and lift consciousness for the continued significance of HIV prevention, care, and therapy. This yr, World AIDS Day is very poignant as a result of 2021 marks 40 years for the reason that starting of the HIV epidemic.
At SAMHSA, we wish to take this chance to recollect the greater than 36 million individuals globally, together with over 700,000 individuals in america, who’ve died from AIDS-related sickness for the reason that begin of the HIV epidemic. We honor the progress the worldwide neighborhood has made within the struggle in opposition to HIV prior to now 40 years whereas additionally recommitting to the worldwide effort to finish the HIV epidemic.
SAMHSA’s mission is to scale back the impression of substance abuse and psychological sickness on America’s communities. Folks with psychological or substance use issues are at an elevated threat of HIV. Substance use and psychological well being therapy facilities like these of SAMHSA’s grantees and associate organizations serve on the entrance traces of the HIV epidemic. They supply an vital pathway to HIV testing, therapy for individuals who take a look at constructive, and prevention companies to make sure that people who find themselves HIV-negative keep damaging.
As one in all a number of collaborating HHS businesses taking part within the federal initiative Ending the Epidemic within the U.S., SAMHSA’s principal objectives are to: 1) cut back new HIV infections; 2) enhance HIV-related well being outcomes; 3) cut back HIV-related well being disparities for racial and ethnic minority communities by growing testing regularly; 4) enhance referrals to therapy for HIV constructive people; 5) present pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative people; and 6) help linkage to HIV therapy for enrollees that take a look at HIV-positive.
The theme for World AIDS Day 201 is Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Entry, Everybody’s Voice. SAMHSA is dedicated to utilizing new methods and revolutionary approaches to finish the HIV epidemic. Led by our Workplace of Behavioral Well being Fairness, SAMHSA is working to place well being fairness on the middle of our response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. SAMHSA funds a number of grant applications that handle well being inequalities skilled by communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The Heart for Substance Abuse Therapy (CSAT) manages Minority AIDS Initiative: Excessive Danger Populations, which focuses on growing entry to substance use and HIV prevention companies for the best threat and hardest-to-serve racial and ethnic minority populations. CSAT additionally funds the Focused Capability Enlargement: HIV Program, which focuses on high-risk populations together with racial and ethnic minority populations and homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people who’ve a substance use dysfunction or co-occurring dysfunction who’re HIV constructive or in danger for HIV/AIDS.
The Heart for Psychological Well being Providers funds the Minority AIDS Initiative: Service Integration grants, which focuses on built-in evidence-based, culturally competent psychological and substance use dysfunction therapy with HIV major care and prevention companies to people with a severe psychological sickness or co-occurring dysfunction residing with or in danger for HIV and/or hepatitis in at-risk populations. The Heart for Substance Abuse Prevention funds SAMHSA’s Prevention Navigator Grants, which give companies to these at highest threat for HIV and substance use issues utilizing a navigation strategy to expedite companies for these populations.
Whereas SAMHSA employees are happy with the work now we have achieved and proceed to do to increase substance abuse, psychological well being, and HIV care and therapy into these communities which can be underserved, we acknowledge that there’s nonetheless a lot to be achieved. We should nonetheless work to attain equitable entry to HIV prevention, care, and therapy in each neighborhood—significantly for communities of colour, the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, and different key affected populations together with individuals with substance use dysfunction and psychological dysfunction.
Defending and additional increasing HIV progress would require a sustained dedication from all sectors of society and throughout different authorities approaches from international locations all through the world. Working collectively, and leveraging our respective comparative benefits, we are able to make sure the HIV companies can be found and accessible by individuals of all ages, gender, and inhabitants group worldwide. SAMHSA’s grantees have developed revolutionary methods to ship substance use dysfunction, psychological dysfunction, and HIV testing and referrals.
On World AIDS Day 2021, SAMHSA employees commends our grantees, federal companions, and the substance use dysfunction and psychological well being neighborhood as an entire for working towards our shared aim of ending the HIV epidemic in america. Thanks for the work you do to avoid wasting lives and enhance the well being of the individuals of America.