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  • The Global Drug Survey 2014 findings

    The 2014 Global Drug Survey (GDS2014) conducted during November / December 2013 was the biggest survey of current drug use ever conducted. Published in 8 languages and promoted through media partners in 17 countries, it received almost 80,000 responses.

    14 April 2014 | Global Drug Survey
  • "Chemsex" in gay and bisexual men: what's going on?

    Reflections on a recent study of 'chemsex' in London gay men, from a writer on addiction and recovery.

    14 April 2014 | Recovery Review
  • LGBT drugs and sexual health services needed in London

    The strong association with high-risk sexual behaviour and sexual ill-health, including the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, has highlighted the need for better links between sexual health and drug services. However, very few integrated services exist, and those that do are now only available to local residents due to recent changes in NHS commissioning.

    11 April 2014 | The Guardian
  • NICE seeks to limit the spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users

    With increasing numbers of people across the country injecting themselves with steroids, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline on the provision of needle and syringe programmes for adults and young people with new recommendations about services for those who use image and performance enhancing drugs.

    09 April 2014 | NICE (press release)
  • NHS adviser calls for needle exchanges for steroid users

    Nice says NHS should provide services at gyms and develop policies to help young people who inject performance drugs

    09 April 2014 | The Guardian
  • Heavy Popper Use in Gay MACS Cohort Linked to New Heart Disease, Cancer

    Heavy long-term use of inhaled nitrites (poppers) was linked to new cardiovascular disease and cancer in HIV-positive and negative gay/bisexual men in the US Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). More than half of men in this prospective cohort used poppers.

    14 March 2014 | NATAP
  • Methamphetamine use tied to T-cell activation and proliferation in men on ART

    US men who have sex with men (MSM) who used methamphetamine had greater T-cell activation and proliferation than nonusers, even though they had an undetectable viral load [1]. This San Diego study of 50 men also produced evidence that meth users may have a deeper HIV DNA reservoir than nonusers.

    07 March 2014 | EATG
  • Slings, Slamming and Chem-sex

    This blog is definitely not for the faint-hearted: if you're easily offended, please stop reading now! For those of you who would like to have a greater understanding of a new subculture which is rapidly emerging nationwide and internationally, and fuelling the transmission of STIs, HIV, hepatitis C, however ... then please read on.

    11 February 2014 | Huffington Post UK
  • STI infection rates among gay men reach 'crisis' levels

    A growing epidemic in the UK of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) linked to a rise in unprotected sex and club drug use represents “a crisis for gay men”, a leading expert has said. Rates of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis in gay men have soared in recent years, official figures show, while new HIV infections have also reached record highs.

    09 February 2014 | The Independent
  • Meth: interview with DJ Fat Tony on sex party drug behind HIV rise in London gay scene

    Follow-up interview to http://www.channel4.com/news/crystal-meth-hiv-gay-men-london-sex-parties with gay scene DJ Fat Tony on increases in meth injection in gay men in London. "These are not street addicts - I know doctors, practitioners, lawyers- this is injection of a recreational drug."

    31 January 2014 | Channel 4 News
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