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New web resource for sexual health, mental health and drug use

A website providing the LGBTI community with information on drug use as well as sexual and mental health will be launched in Melbourne this week. The website describes a large number of drugs, how they are ingested and what the effects are, both short term and long term.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Gay News Network
Study reveals potential challenges for scaling up of HCV therapy in UK

A large proportion of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the UK have co-morbidities, hazardous use of drugs and alcohol and are taking medications that

Published
24 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
'The Fact That I Have HIV Is Not Because Of What I Did - It's Because Of What I Didn't Do'

UK activist Angelina Namiba talks to Marie Claire about her HIV: "People still ask me ‘how I got’ HIV, almost assuming that I must have done something wrong. But HIV doesn’t discriminate, no matter whether you’re rich or poor, young or old, black or white, you name it. The fact that I have HIV is not because of what I did, it’s because of what I didn’t do. And what I didn’t do is what millions of young people are not doing in this world today – they’re not using a condom."

Published
19 November 2015
From
Marie Claire
Diagnosing Bed Bugs: A San Francisco HIV Clinical Dermatologist Dispenses Advice

In San Francisco, Amerson has seen evidence of a bed bug epidemic. Many of her HIV patients at San Francisco General Hospital live in densely-populated areas of the city and in large apartment complexes. “Once one apartment has bed bugs, the whole building has it. They’re very challenging to get rid of, and it’s a huge problem.”

Published
18 November 2015
From
BETA blog
Substance misuse services for men who have sex with men involved in chemsex

This briefing for commissioners and providers of drug and alcohol services highlights issues relating to men who have sexual contact with other men (MSM) involved in chemsex. It contains background information, recent data, prompts for local areas and services, and case studies.

Published
17 November 2015
From
Public Health England
The UK wouldn’t be making poppers illegal if they were used for straight sex

Poppers ban will endanger gay health and criminalize innocent gay and bi men, pushing them into the arms of drug dealers, says Yusef Azad of NAT.

Published
11 November 2015
From
Gay Star News
Low CD4 count, smoking and unhealthy alcohol use are risk factors for acute exacerbation of COPD in people with HIV

HIV infection increases the risk of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD), investigators from the US Department of Veterans Affairs report in the online edition of

Published
11 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
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

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