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Club drug GHB associated with brain and cognitive changes

Scientists have discovered that regular use of the party drug GHB, and especially unconsciousness following GHB use, is associated with brain changes including negative effects on long-term memory, working memory, IQ, and higher levels of stress and anxiety.

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Brian Paddick was one of Britain's most senior police officers. Now he's speaking out about his ex-boyfriend dying from a chemsex drug

Five years after his ex died, Paddick is breaking his silence to warn others about the dangers of GHB. “I should apologise to him for not doing something earlier.”

Published
01 October 2018
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BuzzFeed News
What do we know about reducing alcohol-related harm among gay and bisexual men?

This review focuses on a cohort disproportionately burdened by ill health, yet often overlooked as subjects of substance use research and in the provision of healthcare. With an ‘alarmingly scarce’ evidence base to go on, the researchers draw parallels with the broader alcohol treatment literature, and suggest progress could be made with attention to specific theories of problem drinking for sexual minority groups.

Published
20 September 2018
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
LGBQ teens more likely than peers to use dangerous drugs

Lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning (LGBQ) teens are at substantially higher risk of substance use than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study led by San Diego State University researchers and published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Published
17 July 2018
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Medical Xpress
Rising risks: revealing the relationship between internet ‘hook-ups’, methamphetamine use, STIs and HIV in Bangkok.

New study maps HIV risk factors among men who have sex with men in Thailand, showing internet ‘hook-ups’, methamphetamine use and chemsex to be the new big drivers of HIV.

Published
09 July 2018
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AVERT
Let's Talk About Chemsex in the Gay Community, and Here Are Six Ways to Do It

It is the seductive appeal of chemsex to mitigate shame, loneliness, the search for connection, and even boredom among gay men that I believe is particularly disturbing and that our community must directly confront.

Published
03 July 2018
From
The Body
A biological reason for higher HIV risk with crystal meth use

For many years, crystal meth has been known to be a “driver” of HIV infection. Oftentimes, researchers explain that people who use crystal meth may be having more sex, and higher risk sex, than other people—and this is the reason crystal meth is linked to HIV. New research suggests a biological reason.

Published
03 July 2018
From
BETA blog
Feeling horny and sexy at Pride? We need to talk about chemsex too

OPINION: This pride season we need to talk about the gay and bi men getting high and horny – they deserve our compassion. As renowned play The Chemsex Monologues comes to the all-new Above the Stag Theatre for the Pride in London 2018 festival, writer Patrick Cash reflects on how he first came across chemsex. The Chemsex Monologues follow four people with interconnecting stories on the high and horny scene.

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

Together, we can make it happen

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.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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