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Why high rents and loneliness are driving chemsex in London

A new research paper says gay men in London are turning to chemsex to escape feelings of alienation. It argues that gentrification and the closure of many LGBTI venues have robbed many gay men of the venues where they used to find ‘connectivity’ with one another.

23 February 2018
Gay Star News
Struggling With Crystal Meth? There Are Research Studies Out There for You

I never thought I would become addicted to methamphetamine when I first used it recreationally 15 years ago, often in combination with MDMA (common known as Ecstasy), to increase my energy and stamina for dancing and celebrating. As a physician, I felt immune to the possibility of having a substance control my behavior.

21 February 2018
The Body
Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study.

07 February 2018
Michigan State University
Chemsex is an issue among gay men living with HIV in the UK, study reveals

With three in ten gay men living with HIV engaging in chemsex in the last year in the UK, understanding its association with the country’s HIV and STI epidemics is critical to put an end to new infections.

31 January 2018
Sex, Drugs, And Illness: How Chemsex Is Harming India's Gay Men

The drugs transported me to a world where stigma, stereotyping, abuse, shame, and bullying didn’t exist. But eventually they left me shameful, depressed, and terrified of disease.

12 December 2017
Marijuana Could Be Huge for Treating HIV

From inflammation to lowering levels of the virus itself, a current study hopes to demystify pot's benefits for those living with HIV.

17 November 2017
Consent: the unspoken problem on the chemsex scene

“It’s hard because you totally blame yourself, you totally think that it’s your fault. You think that you shouldn’t have gone home with this guy, you shouldn’t have been in that club, you shouldn’t have taken something. It all seems valid in your own head but at the end of the day, it’s not your fault.”

23 October 2017
MSM in London diagnosed with early syphilis are a priority group for PrEP, suggests UK study

Gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) recently diagnosed with early syphilis are a priority group for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), results of a

16 October 2017
Michael Carter
Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover it in an analytic, compassionate and sober way (pun intended). I’m pleased about this, and pleased by this powerfully written piece by David Stuart (see No one has done more to help and rescue gay Londoners who have got lost in the maze of chemsex, and help them achieve self-respect and structure in their lives. And yet I disagree that Chemsex is anything new. We gay men have been always been furtive about the sex we sex we want and do, and have always sought private, intoxicated spaces to do it in.

19 September 2017
Huffington Post
It’s time we had a grown-up talk about gay men, drugs and sex

Crystal meth, GHB and mephedrone … too many lives are being screwed up to avoid talking about gay men and drug use.

14 September 2017
Gay Star News

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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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