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How are drugs changing the way London's gay men have sex?

An in-depth investigation into the men, meth and mechanics of the city's ‘chemsex’ communities.

Published
15 July 2015
From
Dazed
Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers

Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people.

Published
06 July 2015
From
The Guardian
The Report: Chemsex

Crystal Meth, GHB/GBL and Mephedrone are drugs that together can heighten arousal and strip away inhibitions. They've become increasingly popular on London's gay scene, and the effects can see some users taking part in weekend-long sex parties, involving multiple partners. For Radio 4's The Report, Mobeen Azhar speaks to men entrenched in this lifestyle and explores the impact the so-called 'chemsex' scene is having on public health services.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC Radio 4
The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC
UCLA research offers more evidence for possible link between cocaine use and HIV infection

New UCLA research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with HIV.

Published
19 June 2015
From
UCLA press release
Consider cannabis use when assessing middle-aged and older patients with HIV, say US investigators

Recent cannabis (marijuana) use by middle-aged HIV-positive adults is associated with poor mental health quality of life, lack of social engagement and under- and unemployment, investigators from the

Published
15 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
Meth Finds a New Market in New York

Meth is not new to New York, nor is it new to the gay sex scene, but its use is a relatively new phenomenon among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men.

Published
09 June 2015
From
New York Times
Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant’s healing potential

Medical marijuana producer National Green Biomed Ltd. has committed $1 million to the University of British Columbia to allow researchers to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis. The company has made an application and is awaiting approval from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana. The contribution will support research by assistant professor of medicine M-J Milloy, who is studying marijuana’s potential to treat HIV, and alleviate pain and nausea caused by acute illness and medications used to combat HIV and AIDS.

Published
09 June 2015
From
University of British Columbia press release
Most gay men with HIV in central European capitals are undiagnosed, survey has found

A survey of gay men in the European cities of Barcelona, Bratislava, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Prague and Verona has found that in all cities but Barcelona the majority

Published
09 June 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Poppers could be banned in the UK

The popular drug could end up banned as UK legislation seeks to rounds up 'legal highs' - with 'dealers' facing a potential prison sentence of up to seven years.

Published
01 June 2015
From
Gay Star News
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