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Improving Cultural Competence to Chemsex – Interview with David Stuart

Drugreporter interviewed David Stuart, the person who first coined the term chemsex. David’s work was featured in the 2015 documentary called “Chemsex” by Vice UK, and is one of the co-creators of the European Chemsex Forum.

Published
27 March 2018
From
Drug Reporter
Inflammation, HIV and marijuana

This issue of TreatmentUpdate focuses on the impact of cannabinoids on the immune system.

Published
13 March 2018
From
CATIE
Sexual health service to hold first ever chemsex first aid class

With help on dealing with a friend's overdose or mistakes when injecting drugs – and how you can set consent boundaries

Published
13 March 2018
From
Gay Star News
Treatment with extended-release naltrexone increases chances that HIV-positive prisoners will maintain viral suppression after release

Treatment with extended-release naltrexone is associated with improved viral suppression among HIV-positive prisoners, according to two US studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses

Published
13 March 2018
By
Michael Carter
Dramatic shift in drug use trends caused by growth of formerly legal highs

Drug support services need to adapt to the new substance use landscape. "It was apparent that users of Spice and chemsex substances had a lack of knowledge of existing service provision and, perhaps most concerning, out-dated views and perceptions of who treatment services are targeted at and what services could offer,” said Dr Rob Ralphs, Reader in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Published
28 February 2018
From
Manchester Metropolitan University
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.

Published
23 February 2018
From
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.

Published
21 February 2018
From
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.

Published
07 February 2018
From
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.

Published
31 January 2018
From
Avert
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.

Published
12 December 2017
From
Buzzfeed

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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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