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  • Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

    Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover it in an analytic, compassionate and sober way (pun intended). I’m pleased about this, and pleased by this powerfully written piece by David Stuart (see https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chemsex-will-defines-period-gay-history/#gs.3r47mag). No one has done more to help and rescue gay Londoners who have got lost in the maze of chemsex, and help them achieve self-respect and structure in their lives. And yet I disagree that Chemsex is anything new. We gay men have been always been furtive about the sex we sex we want and do, and have always sought private, intoxicated spaces to do it in.

    19 September 2017 | Huffington Post
  • It’s time we had a grown-up talk about gay men, drugs and sex

    Crystal meth, GHB and mephedrone … too many lives are being screwed up to avoid talking about gay men and drug use.

    14 September 2017 | Gay Star News
  • Heavy Marijuana Use Tied to Midlife Cardiovascular Events in U.S. Men With HIV

    Heavy marijuana use more than doubled the odds of a cardiovascular event in 40- to 60-year-old men with HIV infection enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). The link between heavy marijuana use and cardiovascular disease was independent of viral load, cigarette smoking and other classic cardiovascular risk factors.

    13 September 2017 | The Body Pro
  • James Wharton addresses ‘vile and disgusting’ gay sauna comments

    In a 2014 column for Attitude’s sister publication Winq, James wrote: “Sex saunas need to be history. The time has come to close them down. If we don’t, we feed the haters and we hand the bigots who remain a vocal minority ammunition with which to attack us.” Now, in an interview for Attitude’s September issue, Matt Cain asks James whether he was guilty of hypocricy after writing about his experiences with chemsex. “In three years a lot can happen,” James replies, “and a lot of which happened to me I do discuss in the book.”

    05 September 2017 | Attitude
  • Something for the weekend: one of the UK's first openly gay soldiers discusses his addiction to sex and drugs

    When James Wharton quit the army after a decade to retreat to a job in the City and a cosy home in Windsor with his husband and their two dogs, it seemed he’d found his happily ever after. He could have hardly predicted that a year later his marriage would have broken down, he’d be living in central London and be addicted to a combination of hookups and drugs known as chemsex.

    05 September 2017 | Independent
  • Chemsex: Why should it be a Public Health issue?

    I don’t know about anybody else, but I can’t help thinking that the issue of chemsex is one we are still not really getting our act together on.

    05 September 2017 | Jim McManus (blog)
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: The New Drugs Strategy Ignores the LGBT Community

    Trumpeting policies while savagely cutting the resources of the agencies meant to carry those very policies out is simply untenable.

    29 July 2017 | Vice
  • Campaigner with drug past warns of 'chemsex' HIV link

    The sexual health expert credited with coining the term "chemsex" told AFP that drug-laced sexual encounters are boosting HIV infections in gay communities. David Stuart, who manages the chemsex support programme at a pioneering clinic in Soho, was himself involved in drugs and escorting and contracted HIV before turning his life around after a 2005 arrest.

    20 July 2017 | Medical Xpress
  • Responses to the new drug strategy

    A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some early responses and we will add more as they come in.

    17 July 2017 | Drink & Drug News
  • Our response to the 2017 Drug Strategy

    For the first time, the Government's strategy explicitly addresses the harms of chemsex, which is a welcome step forward. However, the acknowledgment comes without a single mention of gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men, or of a wider LGBT focus in drug treatment throughout the Strategy.

    17 July 2017 | London Friend
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