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A call to action for effective responses to problematic chemsex

A position paper from organisers and participants of the 2nd European Chemsex Forum, Berlin 22-24 March 2018

Published
16 January 2019
From
International HIV Partnerships
Chemsex First Aid Is Part of Queer Men’s Long History of Activism

Two London sexual health professionals wrote Chemsex First Aid, a booklet that spells out “how to react when things go wrong in a chemsex session”.

Published
16 January 2019
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Sexual minorities more likely to suffer severe substance use disorders

Researchers know that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more likely than heterosexuals to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, but until now they didn't know to what degree.

Published
15 January 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
testBKK launches harm reduction resources for Thai MSM

testBKK, APCOM’s flagship HIV testing campaign targeted to young gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Bangkok, has released the first and only chemsex-oriented harm reduction interventions that is presented in Thai language and targeted to MSM population.

Published
09 January 2019
From
APCOM
Gay Escorts Are Fighting Chemsex By Offering a 'Sober Sex' Service

Emotional labour has always been a part of sex work, but as chemsex remains prevalent some escorts are now offering a more specialised service to help ween clients off "H&H fun".

Published
09 January 2019
From
Vice
Australia: Poppers action group encourages gay and bisexual men to speak out ahead of TGA decision

A ‘poppers’ action group is encouraging gay and bisexual men to make submissions to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) ahead of its decision on whether or not to ban alkyl nitrites.

Published
07 January 2019
From
Star Observer
Substance use does not lower adherence to PrEP in MSM

Study findings showed that substance use does not affect adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, among men who have sex with men or transgender women.

Published
24 November 2018
From
Healio
Drugs and alcohol complicate sexual consent, but context can make things clearer

Sexual consent is an important, complex and often awkward topic to talk about. And when people have been consuming alcohol or other drugs, it makes negotiating sexual consent even more complicated. Indeed, drawing the line between consensual sex and assault when a complainant is heavily intoxicated is a particularly difficult area of law.

Published
22 November 2018
From
The Conversation
This Is How The Justice System Is Trying To Stop The Chemsex Crimewave

Alarmed by chemsex rapes and murders, the prison and probation service decided to act. “We hear some of the most disturbing stories you can imagine,” Stephen Morris told BuzzFeed News.

Published
01 November 2018
From
BuzzFeed
How substance use affects adherence to PrEP among gay and bisexual men

On average, club drug users were no more likely to miss a dose of PrEP than non-club drug users. However, club drug use (at the event level) increased the odds of missing a dose on the same day by 55 percent and the next day (e.g., a "carryover effect") by 60 percent. "This suggests that although club drug users appeared to have similar aggregate levels of adherence, their missed doses were specifically timed around instances of club drug use.

Published
24 October 2018
From
Medical Xpress
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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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