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Don’t Believe the Hype: The New Drugs Strategy Ignores the LGBT Community

Trumpeting policies while savagely cutting the resources of the agencies meant to carry those very policies out is simply untenable.

Published
29 July 2017
From
Vice
Campaigner with drug past warns of 'chemsex' HIV link

The sexual health expert credited with coining the term "chemsex" told AFP that drug-laced sexual encounters are boosting HIV infections in gay communities. David Stuart, who manages the chemsex support programme at a pioneering clinic in Soho, was himself involved in drugs and escorting and contracted HIV before turning his life around after a 2005 arrest.

Published
20 July 2017
From
Medical Xpress
Responses to the new drug strategy

A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some early responses and we will add more as they come in.

Published
17 July 2017
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Drink & Drug News
Our response to the 2017 Drug Strategy

For the first time, the Government's strategy explicitly addresses the harms of chemsex, which is a welcome step forward. However, the acknowledgment comes without a single mention of gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men, or of a wider LGBT focus in drug treatment throughout the Strategy.

Published
17 July 2017
From
London Friend
Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

Published
06 July 2017
From
The Body
The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Washington Post
Overamping is a common problem among people who use stimulants

Overdosing on stimulants such as methamphetamine – known as 'overamping' – is an under-recognised problem in a harm reduction community that more often focuses on opioid overdose,

Published
19 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Poppers linked to increased risk of some cancers in older MSM without HIV

Daily or weekly use of poppers over a number of years is associated with a substantial increase in the risk of cancers caused by viruses

Published
04 April 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Daily Cannabis Use has No Negative Impact on HIV Treatment

Daily cannabis use has little or no impact on HIV clinical outcomes, according to new research. A study was published in The International Journal of Drug Policy suggests that heavy cannabis use does not pose a threat to those who are on HIV medications.

Published
28 March 2017
From
Culture Magazine
Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

Published
13 March 2017
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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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