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Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers

Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people.

Published
06 July 2015
From
The Guardian
The Report: Chemsex

Crystal Meth, GHB/GBL and Mephedrone are drugs that together can heighten arousal and strip away inhibitions. They've become increasingly popular on London's gay scene, and the effects can see some users taking part in weekend-long sex parties, involving multiple partners. For Radio 4's The Report, Mobeen Azhar speaks to men entrenched in this lifestyle and explores the impact the so-called 'chemsex' scene is having on public health services.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC Radio 4
The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC
Life as an Elite HIV Controller

After finding out that I was an elite controller, I felt a lot of confusion. I knew what an elite controller was, but that didn’t translate to knowing what it actually meant to be one. I wasn’t new to the HIV world—I had previously been involved in HIV research—but I felt like I knew nothing about what was going on in my own body.

Published
24 June 2015
From
BETA blog
Not having enough food linked to poor treatment outcomes in New York

People who don’t have enough food to eat are less likely to have an undetectable viral load than other people living with HIV, according to a longitudinal

Published
23 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
PrEP is not linked to greater risk for depression

A new paper out of the iPrEx study--a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of daily oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men and transgender women who have sex with men -- reported no link between taking Truvada for oral PrEP and experiencing depression.

Published
22 June 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
UCLA research offers more evidence for possible link between cocaine use and HIV infection

New UCLA research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with HIV.

Published
19 June 2015
From
UCLA press release
Consider cannabis use when assessing middle-aged and older patients with HIV, say US investigators

Recent cannabis (marijuana) use by middle-aged HIV-positive adults is associated with poor mental health quality of life, lack of social engagement and under- and unemployment, investigators from the

Published
15 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
Meth Finds a New Market in New York

Meth is not new to New York, nor is it new to the gay sex scene, but its use is a relatively new phenomenon among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men.

Published
09 June 2015
From
New York Times
Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant’s healing potential

Medical marijuana producer National Green Biomed Ltd. has committed $1 million to the University of British Columbia to allow researchers to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis. The company has made an application and is awaiting approval from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana. The contribution will support research by assistant professor of medicine M-J Milloy, who is studying marijuana’s potential to treat HIV, and alleviate pain and nausea caused by acute illness and medications used to combat HIV and AIDS.

Published
09 June 2015
From
University of British Columbia press release
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