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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)
Why does crystal meth still attract gay men?

In recent years, crystal meth has made a comeback in the gay community. Meth offers cheap and quick dopamine to those in need of a feel-good fix.

Published
06 April 2016
From
Poz
Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating

Hook-up apps’ tumultuous crusade into the heartlands of the dating scene have been well documented, with the decline in relationship intimacy and rise in sexually transmitted infections all being attributed to their use. It’s for that reason 56 Dean Street, a Soho-based sexual health clinic which sees 13,000 patients walk through its doors each month, has developed a service designed to tackle the new problems online dating presents.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Daily Telegraph
Poppers 'will remain legal' despite ban on legal highs

A review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs has found that akyl nitrates are 'not psychoactive' under the terms of the new Psychoactive Substances Act.

Published
17 March 2016
From
Telegraph
The case for a harm reduction decade

HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. The "Case for a Harm Reduction Decade" report shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Click www.harmreductiondecade.org to visit the Harm Reduction Decade website and to sign the Kuala Lumpur declaration.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
Indiana HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is controlled, but ongoing vigilance is needed

Extensive epidemiological investigation followed by prevention and treatment interventions have largely succeeded in controlling an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in rural Indiana,

Published
09 March 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users?

John Addy, 67, of Liquid Gold in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is the biggest producer of poppers in Europe. “I employ eight people, and if I get closed down they go on the dole immediately,” he says. “Then the knock on effect in the industry is that 600 or 700 people could be made unemployed, because the product is sold in adult shops, and the revenue from that pays people’s wages.”

Published
08 March 2016
From
The Guardian
Life expectancy in HIV-positive people in the US still lags 13 years behind HIV-negative people

A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) comparing life expectancies of HIV-positive and HIV-negative people within the Kaiser Permanente health insurance

Published
28 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
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