Meth as a Driver of the HIV Epidemic

Event Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021


Event Time: 9-10 am PST | 10-11 am MST | 11 am -12 pCST | 12-1 pm EST  



Methamphetamine is a key driver of the HIV epidemic in jurisdictions nationwide. HIV prevention and treatment, both key efforts in the EHE strategy are negatively affected by the meth crisis.

Presenters will review the epidemiology of the Methamphetamine epidemic as it relates to HIV, including biological changes that affect brain function, the psychodynamics of meth use and the implications for EHE efforts.

The webinar seeks to dispel the myth that very little can be done to engage and treat meth users to achieve positive outcomes. The presenters will share examples of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions that can assist users to achieve better HIV and health outcomes, with a focus on contingency management (CM).

Participants are encouraged to view TAP-in's previous webinar:

Addressing Substance Use Disorders as a Strategy to End the HIV Epidemic.

That webinar can be found at:

At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the epidemiology and biology of methamphetamine use in the context of Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) efforts
  • Review evidence-based interventions for Meth users, with a focus on contingency management and people with HIV
  • Consider the role hook-up and other apps can play in reaching Meth users for important HIV prevention and retention in care messaging
  • Access technical assistance (TA) for EHE jurisdictions implementing or considering local interventions for people who use Meth



Tom Donohoe

Professor of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

TA Provider, TAP-in and PAETC-Los Angeles Area


Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH
Director of Training & Epidemiologist
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Co-Director, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (HHS Region 9)

Jessica L. Montoya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

Psychologist, Owen Clinic

UC San Diego

Max Sepulveda, MBA

Managing Director, Harm Reduction Services

Housing Works – PHP & MHRP

William Murphy

Project Director of TAP-in

Important Note

We have a new registration system!

For optimal interactive learning experience, joining with a smartphone, computer, or tablet with video and audio capability is recommended. The webinar will start promptly at the time indicated; we advise that you prepare to join the webinar a few minutes in advance of the start time.

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