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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Chemsex: why is gay sex causing straight panic?

    Since last year’s release of Chemsex, described by the Guardian as a “scary but valuable documentary”, the drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated debate, both within the gay community and in the national press. But “chemsex” is not receiving the depth of critical analysis it badly needs.

    14 April 2016 | The Conversation
  • Alcohol and the gay community

    “There’s been a lot of focus on chemsex in recent years, but it’s likely that the drug which has most contributed to people not staying as safe sexually as they intend to is alcohol,” says GMFA’s Matthew Hodson, “just because alcohol use is so prevalent among gay men, much more so than chems.”

    08 April 2016 | FS
  • What is chemsex?

    Interviews with barrister Henry Hendron who woke up to find Miguel Jimenez dead beside him, in his flat in London, as well as Dr Iain Reeves of Homerton University Hospital and Matthew Hodson of GMFA.

    08 April 2016 | BBC Radio 4 (audio)
  • Why does crystal meth still attract gay men?

    In recent years, crystal meth has made a comeback in the gay community. Meth offers cheap and quick dopamine to those in need of a feel-good fix.

    06 April 2016 | Poz
  • Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating

    Hook-up apps’ tumultuous crusade into the heartlands of the dating scene have been well documented, with the decline in relationship intimacy and rise in sexually transmitted infections all being attributed to their use. It’s for that reason 56 Dean Street, a Soho-based sexual health clinic which sees 13,000 patients walk through its doors each month, has developed a service designed to tackle the new problems online dating presents.

    30 March 2016 | Daily Telegraph
  • Poppers 'will remain legal' despite ban on legal highs

    A review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs has found that akyl nitrates are 'not psychoactive' under the terms of the new Psychoactive Substances Act.

    17 March 2016 | Telegraph
  • The case for a harm reduction decade

    HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. The "Case for a Harm Reduction Decade" report shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Click www.harmreductiondecade.org to visit the Harm Reduction Decade website and to sign the Kuala Lumpur declaration.

    16 March 2016 | Harm Reduction International
  • The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users?

    John Addy, 67, of Liquid Gold in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is the biggest producer of poppers in Europe. “I employ eight people, and if I get closed down they go on the dole immediately,” he says. “Then the knock on effect in the industry is that 600 or 700 people could be made unemployed, because the product is sold in adult shops, and the revenue from that pays people’s wages.”

    08 March 2016 | The Guardian
  • Club Drug Use Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People

    This document has been written as part of the wider suite of clinical guidance and tools that aim to provide evidence-based knowledge to inform the management in clinical practice of harms related to the use of ‘club drugs’.

    25 February 2016 | NEPTUNE
  • A simple (ish) guide to the Psychoactive Substances Act

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

    03 February 2016 | DrugWatch
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