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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

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  • 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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  • Meeting the Drug-Addicted Male Escorts Pressured to Take Mephedrone and GHB at Chemsex Parties

    The proliferation of mephedrone and G – both of which are cheap, easy to source and highly addictive – has made using substances an almost unavoidable aspect of male sex work. Now, if sex workers want to make enough money to get by, they don't have much of a choice but to partake.

    20 August 2015 | Vice
  • The Trouble with Tina: A Conversation about Meth with Adam Carrico

    When I began my HIV practice in San Francisco five years ago, I quickly learned that methamphetamine was the drug of choice for many of my new patients and others in their community of urban gay and bi men. For many patients, meth use was a factor in their becoming HIV infected in the first place, and sometimes actually caused more health problems than HIV did.

    13 August 2015 | BETA blog
  • Chemsex in the city - it’s every gay man for himself

    Addressing HIV in our communities, starts with brotherhood, caring about our lovers’ well-being, looking out for each other, not just the individual looking out for himself.

    05 August 2015 | GMFA
  • How are drugs changing the way London's gay men have sex?

    An in-depth investigation into the men, meth and mechanics of the city's ‘chemsex’ communities.

    15 July 2015 | Dazed
  • Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers

    Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people.

    06 July 2015 | The Guardian
  • The Report: Chemsex

    Crystal Meth, GHB/GBL and Mephedrone are drugs that together can heighten arousal and strip away inhibitions. They've become increasingly popular on London's gay scene, and the effects can see some users taking part in weekend-long sex parties, involving multiple partners. For Radio 4's The Report, Mobeen Azhar speaks to men entrenched in this lifestyle and explores the impact the so-called 'chemsex' scene is having on public health services.

    03 July 2015 | BBC Radio 4
  • The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

    HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar.

    03 July 2015 | BBC
  • UCLA research offers more evidence for possible link between cocaine use and HIV infection

    New UCLA research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with HIV.

    19 June 2015 | UCLA press release
  • Meth Finds a New Market in New York

    Meth is not new to New York, nor is it new to the gay sex scene, but its use is a relatively new phenomenon among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men.

    09 June 2015 | New York Times
  • Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant’s healing potential

    Medical marijuana producer National Green Biomed Ltd. has committed $1 million to the University of British Columbia to allow researchers to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis. The company has made an application and is awaiting approval from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana. The contribution will support research by assistant professor of medicine M-J Milloy, who is studying marijuana’s potential to treat HIV, and alleviate pain and nausea caused by acute illness and medications used to combat HIV and AIDS.

    09 June 2015 | University of British Columbia press release
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