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A biological reason for higher HIV risk with crystal meth use

For many years, crystal meth has been known to be a “driver” of HIV infection. Oftentimes, researchers explain that people who use crystal meth may be having more sex, and higher risk sex, than other people—and this is the reason crystal meth is linked to HIV. New research suggests a biological reason.

Published
03 July 2018
From
BETA blog
Feeling horny and sexy at Pride? We need to talk about chemsex too

OPINION: This pride season we need to talk about the gay and bi men getting high and horny – they deserve our compassion. As renowned play The Chemsex Monologues comes to the all-new Above the Stag Theatre for the Pride in London 2018 festival, writer Patrick Cash reflects on how he first came across chemsex. The Chemsex Monologues follow four people with interconnecting stories on the high and horny scene.

Published
27 June 2018
From
Gay Star News
HIV-related factors not associated with increased risk of suicide among people with HIV in France

Approximately 4% of deaths among people with HIV in France are due to suicide, investigators report in HIV Medicine. Suicide incidence remained stable over 13

Published
27 June 2018
By
Michael Carter
Study finds high burden of psychosocial issues among PEP users

74% had at least one psychosocial issue, including depression and/or problematic drug or alcohol use. Furthermore, nearly half of participants had more than one issue.

Published
15 June 2018
From
CATIE
High prevalence of high-risk opioid prescribing among HIV-positive adults in the US

There is a high prevalence of prescription opioid use among HIV-positive people, with many individuals having prescribing patterns associated with a high risk of dependence,

Published
29 May 2018
By
Michael Carter
‘Risky when young’ or ‘risky with age’: Dutch study identifies life patterns associated with higher HIV risk in gay men

A Dutch study which looked at the way gay men’s risk of HIV changed with time has used statistical analysis to isolate two kinds of

Published
25 May 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Gay men having chemsex are five times more likely to have a new HIV diagnosis than other gay men

Gay and bisexual men who reported engaging in chemsex (the use of specific drugs to enhance or facilitate sex) were five times more likely to

Published
23 May 2018
By
Roger Pebody
GHB : 1 in 5 Pass out each year (& women are more at risk than men)

The Global Drug Survey 2018 reports on the patterns of use and the risks among both men and women, and the results were surprising. And what we found will surprise you.

Published
18 May 2018
From
Global Drug Survey
Drug and alcohol services cut by £162m as deaths increase

Analysis by the BBC found £162m (18%) has been cut from treatment budgets in England since 2013-14. In 2013 there were 2,734 drug poisoning deaths in England, rising to 3,450 in 2016, official figures show.

Published
14 May 2018
From
BBC
Crystal Meth May Lead Even Well-Treated HIV to Further Harm the Body

According to a pair of recent studies, meth was associated with certain HIV-related genetic and immune changes.

Published
11 May 2018
From
Poz

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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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