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Heavy Alcohol Drinking Linked to Worse HIV Disease in U.S. Veterans

We already know some of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol, but new research suggests that heavy alcohol consumption exacerbates the negative effects of HIV in people living with the virus. The study, which analyzed data on HIV-positive veterans, found that higher-risk alcohol drinkers had the worst HIV disease severity.

Published
30 June 2017
From
The Body
On borrowed time

The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears DDN

Published
08 May 2017
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Drink & Drug News
Homeless US military veterans have high rates of HIV, HCV and HBV

Homeless veterans in the United States have a significantly higher prevalence of infection with HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to non-homeless veterans,

Published
13 April 2017
By
Michael Carter
Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

Published
13 March 2017
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PinkNews
HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have increased risk of hospitalisation with anxiety and mood disorders, a risk factor for later mortality

HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are almost ten times more likely to be hospitalised because of mood and anxiety disorders than men in the general population, according

Published
07 September 2016
By
Michael Carter
Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

Published
08 July 2016
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Positively Aware
What the Gay Men’s Sex Survey tells us about chemsex

We especially welcome the survey findings as they include all-too rare data about the role of alcohol and drugs. Our work in our Antidote LGBT drug and alcohol service has been dominated by responding to chemsex needs in the past few years, but it’s been difficult to get a perspective on how widespread a problem it actually is. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us some answers.

Published
28 June 2016
From
London Friend
Gay men report a wide range of behaviours to make sex safer

Gay men in the UK employ a wide range of precautionary tactics and behaviours to avoid harms during sex – using condoms is just one of

Published
22 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
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.”

Published
08 April 2016
From
FS
Life expectancy in HIV-positive people in the US still lags 13 years behind HIV-negative people

A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) comparing life expectancies of HIV-positive and HIV-negative people within the Kaiser Permanente health insurance

Published
28 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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