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Low CD4 count important risk factor for oral HPV infection in patients with HIV

A low CD4 count is the single most important risk factor for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in HIV-positive patients, investigators from the United States report in the

Published
23 February 2015
By
Michael Carter
Rise in UK Steroid Use Brings Severe Health Risks

Steroid misuse is thought to be rising in the UK, increasing concerns over the spread of blood-borne viruses among this emerging population of injecting users.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Talking Drugs
When Poppers are not Poppers

Some new products—advertised or described as poppers and sold online by retailers that also sell poppers—have more serious health consequences than the traditional amyl nitrite-based poppers oftentimes used recreationally by gay men to enhance sex.

Published
13 February 2015
From
BETA blog
Chemsex is not a drug problem – it’s a sex problem

If you haven’t had sober sex in the last six months, it hardly makes you a raging drug addict. But intimate sexual connections form a very important part of our general well-being, and if we’re relying too heavily on chems to fulfil those needs, then there’s some kind of problem going on.

Published
09 February 2015
From
GMFA
Men who have sex with men have other health inequalities as well as poor sexual health, say Public Health England

The UK government’s leading body for public health this week launched a new framework for improving the health of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex

Published
06 February 2015
By
Roger Pebody
ChemSex and HCV transmission among UK MSM

A recently published guide for health professionals (ChemSex & Hepatitis C), claiming to be based on c.500 conversations with MSM clients, offers an illuminating, ground-level account of one risk environment: events involving “ChemSex”, or the collective use of recreational drugs to enhance sexual experience. The authors claim that ChemSex parties are a growing HCV risk for MSM for three reasons: greater availability of certain non-injection drugs; increased injecting drug use; more widespread use of smartphone Apps and online “hooking-up” sites.

Published
03 February 2015
From
BMJ Group blogs
Smoking is the main cause of increased risk of heart attack in people with HIV

People living with HIV who smoke have an almost three-fold greater risk of heart attack than HIV-negative smokers, according to Danish data published online ahead of print

Published
28 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Managing crystal meth: tina and gay men

“I’m being destructive, and I know it.” This statement comes from community consultation I did recently with HIV-positive gay men on how they feel they’re being affected by using crystal meth, otherwise known as ice, or tina in the queer community.

Published
26 January 2015
From
Archer
Substance use and social problems predict HIV infection in American gay men

American gay men reporting depression, childhood sexual abuse, stimulant use, other substance use and heavy alcohol use are nine times more likely than men without any of

Published
20 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
2013 could have been a turning point in drug treatment in England

Public Health England cautions that the gains of recent years in reduced drug use, lower demand for treatment for heroin and crack problems, improved treatment performance, and curbing drug-related harm, have all stalled or gone in to reverse. It might be a blip, or might prove to be the start of a trend up in problem drug use and down in the ability of the treatment system to cope. Includes new five-year treatment journey analysis.

Published
09 January 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings

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