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Gay men need clear information about ‘chemsex’, not messages about morality

When health professionals and the media talk about gay sex as an emergency health issue, they may actually encourage risky behaviour.

Published
10 November 2015
From
The Guardian
How Ireland's New Drug Policy Is Making the UK's Attitudes Look Ancient

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Irish Labour party minister in charge of the national drugs strategy, has drawn up the draft legislation needed to set up a supervised injection facility, and is confident of getting cabinet approval later this month. Moreover, he has pledged to make decriminalisation a key plank of discussions on a re-calibrated Irish drug strategy.

Published
04 November 2015
From
Vice
What is chemsex and why does it matter?

It needs to become a public health priority.

Published
04 November 2015
From
The BMJ
London clinic survey shows impact of chemsex on condom and PEP use

A survey of gay men in London using drugs during sex – chemsex – has shown high levels of unprotected sex and hepatitis C among both HIV-positive

Published
27 October 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Risk of heart attack rises with length of HIV infection, regardless of age

Ten years after becoming infected with HIV, a person living with HIV has approximately twice the risk of heart attack compared to someone who has just acquired

Published
27 October 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
United Nations denies 'global drug decriminalisation' claim by Sir Richard Branson

The businessman says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was poised to call for possession of all controlled drugs to be made legal

Published
20 October 2015
From
The Telegraph
The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

Published
20 October 2015
From
The Independent
'Chemsex': Review

Review of documentary film: "This timely investigation into the recreational habits of a growing sector of London’s gay male population may have began in a spirit of serious and sensitive concern, but the attention-grabbing outcome will surely become grist to the tabloid media mill, once the manufacturers of outrage boil the contents down to their salacious concentrate."

Published
14 October 2015
From
Screen International
To treat HIV, curb drinking

Treating alcohol use problems in HIV-positive patients may lead to better management of the virus and its treatment, according to a new study done by Yale researchers in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and Louisiana State University.

Published
13 October 2015
From
Yale Daily News
Superhero Vaginal Bacteria Species Traps HIV, Could Be a Natural Condom Someday

The benevolent powers of the vaginal microbiome are even greater than we thought. In addition to aiding fertilization and protecting fetuses during pregnancy, healthy vaginal mucus that’s full of good bacteria can trap and immobilize HIV particles. The study examined the cervicovaginal mucus, or CVM, of 31 women and tested its ability to immobilize HIV particles. CVM samples that contained higher concentrations of D-lactic acid, which only bacteria can produce, did far better than others. The D-lactic acid wasn’t itself a barrier to HIV, but an indicator of something else going on that made certain types of CVM better at trapping the virus than others. That something was Lactobacillus crispatus, a species of bacteria that could change the way we think about HIV prevention.

Published
08 October 2015
From
Slate

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