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  • Interactions between HIV treatment and recreational drugs

    When two drugs are taken at the same time, their interaction can affect the drugs’ effectiveness and side-effects. This is the case both for prescribed medicines and recreational...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Anabolic steroids

    Anabolic steroids are artificial (synthetic) versions of the male hormone testosterone that help build muscle. They also enhance masculine characteristics. Because they can help the body...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cannabis

    Cannabis or marijuana is an illegal drug derived from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. It is smoked, eaten or drunk in tea. Cannabis...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Cocaine

    Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that is made from the leaves of the South American coca shrub. It comes in the form of a...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is an illegal drug whose chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is an artificial derivative of amphetamine, having first been manufactured in 1912. Ecstasy induces...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

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  • A simple (ish) guide to the Psychoactive Substances Act

    Comprehensive and user friendly guide to everything about the new Act.

    03 February 2016 | DrugWatch
  • Chemsex is here to stay

    The media is not demonising gay people; it is reporting something that is becoming rife within the gay community. Those who are not comfortable with it perhaps should take an honest look at themselves, as it seems the truth always lies among the many cracks in our soul.

    03 February 2016 | FS Magazine
  • Government bans poppers…. until the summer

    The government has banned the popular gay drug poppers but will review evidence of harm about popper use and come to a decision whether to make the drug legal again before summer recess.

    21 January 2016 |
  • The European ChemSex Forum, 6-8 April 2016, London

    The focus of the Forum will be to identify the key trends across Europe and, by sharing good practice and examples of effective community responses, provide some of the developing answers to ensure the sexual health and well being of gay men and other men who have sex with men. The Forum will take place over three days, starting with a training day for up to 65 frontline staff from the WHO European region, including Central Asia, and followed by two days of presentations and discussions for up to 200 participants.

    19 January 2016 | European
  • London clinic hands out syringes to prevent ‘G’ drug overdoses

    A sexual health clinic in Southwark is offering free syringes to be used with the illegal drugs GBL and GHB in an effort to prevent life-threatening overdoses.

    19 January 2016 | London SE1
  • Formerly legal drug 'snow blow' linked to rise in HIV

    The injection of a formerly legal high known as ‘snow blow’ is linked to an upsurge in HIV infections among chaotic drug users in Dublin, research shows.

    13 January 2016 | Irish Examiner
  • Young Men With Detectable Viral Loads More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior

    A new study on HIV-positive men and transgender women who have sex with men reported that participants with detectable viral loads were more likely to have anal sex without condoms than those who were virally suppressed, and that condom use was closely related to substance abuse. The study examined participants age 15 to 26 across the US from 2009 to 2012. Among those who had detectable viral loads, a full 44 percent reported condomless sex, a significant percentage higher than those who were virally suppressed but had condomless sex (which was only 25 percent).

    05 January 2016 | HIVPlusMag
  • Thanks, straight people, but I don't need your concern about my chemsex and chillout lifestyle

    Does going to chillouts and chemsex parties make me a bad person? I really don’t feel like I am. All of my friends do it, after all, and we can’t all be bad – can we?

    14 December 2015 | The Independent
  • ChemSex & me

    The drugs are mind altering, the sexual components and chillout settings are often tapping into the rawest and most delicate of our issues or personal insecurities under the guise of ‘fun’. And until recently it was an activity confined to the shadows. An underground craze that we dared not speak of.

    10 December 2015 | Greg Owen (blog)
  • Chemsex review: gay sex and drug use demand more careful forms of attention

    By treating the drugs it deals with as inherently bad Chemsex ultimately fails to find an appropriate “register of attention” to deal with its subject matter. Despite the (presumably) good intentions of the directors, what Chemsex demonstrates most powerfully is that the complexities of gay sex and drug use demand much more careful, incisive and intimate forms of attention.

    08 December 2015 | The Conversation
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