Established in 1988, World AIDS Day allows the people of the world to show support for people living with and affected by HIV, and to commemorate people who have lost their lives to AIDS. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an urgent reminder that pandemics can devastate communities, lives, and livelihoods. The theme for World AIDS Day 2020 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.” We at SAMHSA have seen how the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the challenges faced by people living with HIV, substance use disorder, and mental disorder. SAMHSA is proud to stand with our federal partners, our grantees, and the people of the world in observing World AIDS Day 2020.
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