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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...

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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...

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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...

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  • UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

    Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

    17 October 2014 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-infected stimulant users, UCSF study shows

    Patients with HIV who use stimulants and other substances often experience difficulties with accessing antiretroviral therapy, partially due to the concerns of healthcare providers that they will not be able take their medications as directed. Findings from this study demonstrate that many stimulant users take their antiretroviral therapy at levels sufficient to avoid negative clinical outcomes. When we look at overall mortality, antiretroviral therapy leads to similar clinical benefits for both stimulant users and non-users.'

    10 October 2014 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Poppers maculopathy

    A case report of irreversible visual damage in a 30-year old man, one of an increasing number linked to use of poppers (isobutyl nitrite).

    10 July 2014 | The Lancet
  • Gay Shamelessness, Beyond the Crystal Meth Crisis

    For many gay men, meth spoiled the pleasures of drugs in the way that AIDS had spoiled sex. A decade after meth use peaked, what can the sheer resilience of one generation offer the next?

    24 June 2014 | Substance.com
  • New report on drug & alcohol treatment for LGB&T people

    ‘Out of your mind’ is a new report examining how drug and alcohol treatment services can be improved for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans (LGBT) people. The report aims to encourage commissioners and providers of drug and alcohol treatment services to be more mindful of the support needs of LGBT people when planning and delivering services.

    02 June 2014 | London Friend
  • Drug experts issue warning over 'chem-sex' parties

    Trend towards injecting synthetic drugs such as cathinones and crystal meth in British cities prompts concern from EU experts.

    27 May 2014 | The Guardian
  • Breaking bad in Tehran: how Iran got a taste for crystal meth

    Cheap, widely available and used by students and housewives alike, crystal meth is taking the Iranian capital by storm. The author of a new book about the country reports on an addiction that even the repressive regime is struggling to control.

    14 May 2014 | The Guardian
  • Rehabilitating Our Approach to Gay Men Who Use Drugs

    Much of the writing on HIV prevention is loaded with punitive clichés about gay men that highlight psychological deficits, lack of self control, and prevention fatigue. Perhaps the most repeated one since the onset of the epidemic suggests that the majority of gay men are into drugs and couldn’t care less about becoming infected while enjoying their substances.

    14 May 2014 | Matters of Substance (blog)
  • Study explores why gay, lesbian teens binge drink

    Higher rates of binge drinking by lesbian and gay adolescents compared to their heterosexual peers may be due to chronic stress caused by difficult social situations, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    06 May 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Social cocaine use 'dangerous' according to researchers

    Sydney University researchers have found that people who use cocaine ‘socially’ are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    06 May 2014 | Gay News Network
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