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The Report: Chemsex

Crystal Meth, GHB/GBL and Mephedrone are drugs that together can heighten arousal and strip away inhibitions. They've become increasingly popular on London's gay scene, and the effects can see some users taking part in weekend-long sex parties, involving multiple partners. For Radio 4's The Report, Mobeen Azhar speaks to men entrenched in this lifestyle and explores the impact the so-called 'chemsex' scene is having on public health services.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC Radio 4
New STI figures show rapid increases among gay men

Annual data for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and national chlamydia screening programme (NCSP) has been released for 2014.

Published
23 June 2015
From
Public Health England press release
What makes you think he’ll never cheat?

Working in HIV prevention, I can no longer count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they believed that they were in a monogamous relationship only to find out that they weren’t. That’s a harsh wake-up call at the best of times. When accompanied by an HIV diagnosis it is far from the best of times.

Published
05 June 2015
From
GMFA
Racism and the gay scene

Over 850 Black, white, Asian, South Asian, Arab and mixed race gay men shared their thoughts on race and racism with FS.

Published
05 June 2015
From
GMFA
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
New Zealand: rise in annual HIV diagnoses continues

The annual number of gay and bi men newly diagnosed in New Zealand with HIV has risen to the highest level since the HIV epidemic began, according to the latest available figures, for 2014, just released. See also commentary at http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/2/article_16913.php

Published
04 June 2015
From
GayNZ.com
Austrian stigmas hurt early HIV prevention

Beyond Vienna's veneer of tolerance and gender equality lies a bedrock of Catholic; Austrian conservatism. And it's hurting doctors' ability to stop HIV in its tracks, writes DW's Kerry Skyring from Vienna.

Published
03 June 2015
From
Deutsche Welle
Testing and treatment up along with condomless sex in Melbourne

GAY men in Melbourne are having more condomless anal sex with both regular and casual partners, while testing regularly for HIV and treating if they receive a positive diagnosis are also both on the increase, according to this year’s Gay Community Periodic Survey results.

Published
29 May 2015
From
Sydney Star Observer
Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tindr

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps like Tinder as one of the driving forces behind new outbreaks. The rise has been precipitous: Syphilis cases in Rhode Island increased by 79 percent between 2013 and 2014 while gonorrhea cases increased by 30 percent. Newly identified HIV cases increased by almost 33 percent, according to a new state report. Gay men made up 75% of new cases of syphilis.

Published
27 May 2015
From
Huffington Post
Africa's health centre at the frontline of HIV research

The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies sits in the HIV capital of the world. The sleek modern building, rising out of an otherwise rustic setting near Mtubatuba in South Africa, attracts world-class researchers looking to wage war against the resilient virus.

Published
26 May 2015
From
The Guardian
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