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NIDA Funds Research on HIV and Substance Abuse Treatment

HIV Substance Abuse

New research is currently being funded by the federal research group the National Institute on Drug Abuse to address the crossover between HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

The funding will come from the NIDA’s Avante-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research program and researchers will each receive $500,000 each year for the next five years.

Studying the Many Aspects of Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

Many people associate HIV/AIDS with substance abuse, specifically intravenous drug use. Using dirty needles can transfer HIV, as well as a number of other dangerous viruses like hepatitis. But the intertwined nature of the drug abuse epidemic and the HIV epidemic extends beyond just dirty needles. The new research will probe the many areas where these two conditions come together.

The NIDA named five winners. Their projects include:

  1. Studying how interventions can keep drug users from graduating to intravenous drug use from other types of drug use
  2. Developing novel drugs to restore T-cell function that has been compromised by HIV and drug use
  3. Analyzing the effects of non-psychoactive cannabis on inflammation associated with HIV
  4. Investigating the loss of intestinal barrier that follows HIV infection and substance abuse
  5. Mapping brain disorders that are caused by HIV and observing their interactions with methamphetamine use IV and substance abuse.

Poppers Overdose

One of the biggest problems with trying to study substance abuse and HIV is that there are many different drugs that people abuse and each drug has a different effect on the body.

Advances Allow Researchers to Study Non-Psychoactive Cannabis

An interesting turn of events in drug research is the different ways cannabis has been viewed. The federal government has listed cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic, a designation that states the drug has no medical value. For years, the Schedule 1 listing of cannabis has caused people to view it as being on par with drugs like heroin and methamphetamine.

Today, however, medical researchers have found ways to isolate the beneficial compounds in cannabis while leaving behind the THC, the compound that gets you high. This has opened up the door for a whole field of researching cannabis’ potentially beneficial compounds.

Getting Substance Abuse Treatment to Improve Your Health

While medical researchers may not know everything about how HIV and substance abuse interact, what they do know is that substance abuse makes HIV much worse. If you need help getting off drugs or alcohol, Banyan Treatment Center can provide the treatment you need. Getting clean and sober will improve your health and quality of life, HIV patient or not.

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