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Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

"No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

Published
23 August 2016
From
The Guardian
What the Gay Men’s Sex Survey tells us about chemsex

We especially welcome the survey findings as they include all-too rare data about the role of alcohol and drugs. Our work in our Antidote LGBT drug and alcohol service has been dominated by responding to chemsex needs in the past few years, but it’s been difficult to get a perspective on how widespread a problem it actually is. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us some answers.

Published
28 June 2016
From
London Friend
Gay men report a wide range of behaviours to make sex safer

Gay men in the UK employ a wide range of precautionary tactics and behaviours to avoid harms during sex – using condoms is just one of

Published
22 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Gay sex survey: why preventing HIV means calling an end to finger pointing

Thinking of HIV prevention only one topic at a time - like chemsex or PrEP - impedes our ability to provide education across the wide range of needs in the community. Looking for singular solutions has not got us ahead of the curve on HIV infections among men having sex with each other. It is a complex multifaceted problem that requires sustained systemic change in a wide range of social institutions.

Published
21 June 2016
From
The Conversation
Would you take a drug to prevent meth relapses, or stop alcohol cravings?

A small pilot study published in JAIDS has shown that a drug called naltrexone helps men who are interested in cutting back use less often, and may help reduce cravings for both meth and alcohol when taken on an as-needed basis.

Published
27 May 2016
From
BETA blog
Are ‘Sex roulette’ parties really taking place?

PICTURE this scenario: you walk into a room filled with a bunch of naked people. You’re all about to voluntarily have sex. But one of them has an incurable sexually-transmitted infection. You don’t know who that person is. And you’re strictly not allowed to use a condom. Makes for a crazy story, right? Over the past week, reports have emerged of this supposed rising new trend called ‘Sex Roulette’ parties.

Published
25 May 2016
From
news.com.au
European Chem Sex Forum report

The European ChemSex Forum was held 6-8 April 2016 in London, UK and was a preliminary intelligence gathering and networking event aiming to provide a platform to engage in international, cross-sector, multi-disciplinary dialogue and discussions around ChemSex.

Published
11 May 2016
From
EATG
Chemsex: why is gay sex causing straight panic?

Since last year’s release of Chemsex, described by the Guardian as a “scary but valuable documentary”, the drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated debate, both within the gay community and in the national press. But “chemsex” is not receiving the depth of critical analysis it badly needs.

Published
14 April 2016
From
The Conversation
Alcohol and the gay community

“There’s been a lot of focus on chemsex in recent years, but it’s likely that the drug which has most contributed to people not staying as safe sexually as they intend to is alcohol,” says GMFA’s Matthew Hodson, “just because alcohol use is so prevalent among gay men, much more so than chems.”

Published
08 April 2016
From
FS
What is chemsex?

Interviews with barrister Henry Hendron who woke up to find Miguel Jimenez dead beside him, in his flat in London, as well as Dr Iain Reeves of Homerton University Hospital and Matthew Hodson of GMFA.

Published
08 April 2016
From
BBC Radio 4 (audio)
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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