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Study finds high burden of psychosocial issues among PEP users

74% had at least one psychosocial issue, including depression and/or problematic drug or alcohol use. Furthermore, nearly half of participants had more than one issue.

Published
15 June 2018
From
CATIE
GHB : 1 in 5 Pass out each year (& women are more at risk than men)

The Global Drug Survey 2018 reports on the patterns of use and the risks among both men and women, and the results were surprising. And what we found will surprise you.

Published
18 May 2018
From
Global Drug Survey
Drug and alcohol services cut by £162m as deaths increase

Analysis by the BBC found £162m (18%) has been cut from treatment budgets in England since 2013-14. In 2013 there were 2,734 drug poisoning deaths in England, rising to 3,450 in 2016, official figures show.

Published
14 May 2018
From
BBC
Crystal Meth May Lead Even Well-Treated HIV to Further Harm the Body

According to a pair of recent studies, meth was associated with certain HIV-related genetic and immune changes.

Published
11 May 2018
From
Poz
Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption after Meth Addiction

The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled “Another AIDS Casualty” and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon “Gabriel” Torres was a heart-wrenching read.

Published
09 May 2018
From
My Fabulous Disease
Link between crystal methamphetamine and immune changes in HIV

A researcher has found that the use of stimulants, such as methamphetamine, can negatively affect the health of HIV-positive persons even when they are adhering to medical treatment. This study indicates that stimulants affect pathways in the immune system that allow HIV to become more active and could expand the reservoir.

Published
08 May 2018
From
Science Daily
Can I use poppers if I’m in drug treatment? Advice from a substance use counselor

As a substance use counselor with the Stonewall Project at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, clients oftentimes ask me how (or if) poppers fit into substance use treatment. Are poppers a dangerous “gateway” drug that might cause a slip back into meth use? Or are they a relatively benign drug that’s unfairly targeted by abstinence-only groups?

Published
16 April 2018
From
BETA
Improving Cultural Competence to Chemsex – Interview with David Stuart

Drugreporter interviewed David Stuart, the person who first coined the term chemsex. David’s work was featured in the 2015 documentary called “Chemsex” by Vice UK, and is one of the co-creators of the European Chemsex Forum.

Published
27 March 2018
From
Drug Reporter
Inflammation, HIV and marijuana

This issue of TreatmentUpdate focuses on the impact of cannabinoids on the immune system.

Published
13 March 2018
From
CATIE
Sexual health service to hold first ever chemsex first aid class

With help on dealing with a friend's overdose or mistakes when injecting drugs – and how you can set consent boundaries

Published
13 March 2018
From
Gay Star News
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

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