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'Chem sex' commonly reported by UK gay men diagnosed with shigella

 'Chem sex' (taking recreational drugs during sex) and attendance at sex parties are commonly reported by UK gay men with shigella infection, according to research presented to

Published
17 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
A tale of two women dealing with HIV and self-stigma

Zimbabwean people living with HIV recently took part in a 12-week course on dealing with self-stigma and other negative thoughts that people have in relation to themselves. The initiative was different in the sense that previous efforts to address HIV-related stigma have focused on “changing people out there,” the project manager, Nadine Ferris France told us. “We don’t have many programmes that are actually focused on us, programmes that are dealing with the negative thoughts that we have about ourselves and that’s self-stigma,” she said.

Published
17 April 2014
From
Key Correspondents
The Global Drug Survey 2014 findings

The 2014 Global Drug Survey (GDS2014) conducted during November / December 2013 was the biggest survey of current drug use ever conducted. Published in 8 languages and promoted through media partners in 17 countries, it received almost 80,000 responses.

Published
14 April 2014
From
Global Drug Survey
"Chemsex" in gay and bisexual men: what's going on?

Reflections on a recent study of 'chemsex' in London gay men, from a writer on addiction and recovery.

Published
14 April 2014
From
Recovery Review
LGBT drugs and sexual health services needed in London

The strong association with high-risk sexual behaviour and sexual ill-health, including the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, has highlighted the need for better links between sexual health and drug services. However, very few integrated services exist, and those that do are now only available to local residents due to recent changes in NHS commissioning.

Published
11 April 2014
From
The Guardian
NICE seeks to limit the spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users

With increasing numbers of people across the country injecting themselves with steroids, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline on the provision of needle and syringe programmes for adults and young people with new recommendations about services for those who use image and performance enhancing drugs.

Published
09 April 2014
From
NICE (press release)
NHS adviser calls for needle exchanges for steroid users

Nice says NHS should provide services at gyms and develop policies to help young people who inject performance drugs

Published
09 April 2014
From
The Guardian
The Impact of the Welfare Reform on People Living With HIV in England

Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Published
03 April 2014
From
Positively UK
No simple relationship between drug use and risky sex in London gay men

Gay men involved in ‘chemsex’ (taking recreational drugs such as mephedrone, GHB/GBL and crystal methamphetamine during sex) have a range of experiences, with no single

Published
01 April 2014
By
Roger Pebody
More Life Years Lost Through Smoking Than HIV in 18,000-Person Analysis

Antiretroviral-treated HIV-positive people lost more life years compared with the general population because of smoking than because of HIV infection, according to analysis of nearly 18,000 HIV-positive people in the ART Cohort Collaboration (ART-CC). The impact of smoking on mortality rose steeply with age.

Published
24 March 2014
From
NATAP
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