On World AIDS Day, I thought you might be interested in a letter sent by APA and twenty-seven other organizations to HHS Secretary Burwell last February expressing concern about changing research priorities in the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR). In the letter we urged OAR to establish a Working Group under the auspices of the OAR Advisory Council to develop guidelines for the prevention and treatment of HIV in those with substance use disorders. Unfortunately, ten months later, OAR’s response indicates that is not likely to happen. As indicated in yesterday’s Washington Post, as well as Dr. Volkow’s blog today, recent CDC figures suggest an increasing need for research in these populations.
Geoffrey K. Mumford, Ph.D. | Associate Executive Director for Government Relations
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