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Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover it in an analytic, compassionate and sober way (pun intended). I’m pleased about this, and pleased by this powerfully written piece by David Stuart (see https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chemsex-will-defines-period-gay-history/#gs.3r47mag). No one has done more to help and rescue gay Londoners who have got lost in the maze of chemsex, and help them achieve self-respect and structure in their lives. And yet I disagree that Chemsex is anything new. We gay men have been always been furtive about the sex we sex we want and do, and have always sought private, intoxicated spaces to do it in.

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22 hours ago
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Huffington Post
Daryll Rowe: 10 men now accusing hairdresser of deliberately infecting them with HIV

More men have come forward to claim they were deliberately infected with HIV by a man who has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm. Daryll Rowe, who is currently in custody in Scotland, is now facing 10 complainants who say he tampered with contraception whilst having sex with them in Brighton between October 2015 and January 2016.

Published
19 September 2017
From
The Independent
Aging is not a disease. It’s time we stop treating it that way

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, held this year on September 18, BETA invited HIV clinician and geriatrician Meredith Greene, MD, to share her perspective on HIV, health and ageism—and what we all can do to overcome the negative effects of age discrimination in our own lives.

Published
19 September 2017
From
BETA blog
PrEP-ing for HIV prevention in Ireland

Lack of access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is presenting dilemmas for the HSE, clinicians, the medicines regulator and those seeking the medication in Ireland. A recent memo to healthcare professionals sent on behalf of the HSE’s Working Group on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), discouraging them from directing patients to the activist-led website www.iwantPrEPnow.co.uk for information on sourcing pre-emptive antiretroviral therapy online, is a talking point among campaigners advocating for access.

Published
18 September 2017
From
The Medical Independent
Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 'opposed HIV screening for Indigenous Australians'

Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen reportedly tried to stop Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders from being screened for HIV because he believed the virus was a punishment from God.

Published
18 September 2017
From
SBS
Study documents changing opinion among Italian doctors about PrEP

A survey of Italian infectious disease physicians working with HIV, conducted in 2015 but only published this July, reveals that at that time there was still considerable scepticism

Published
14 September 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Capturing the Wild Sadness of the AIDS Crisis at Its Height

It was not until decades later — after drug advances and cultural changes had dulled the sharp edge of the AIDS crisis, after the disease and those who fought it became something that many people saw as history — that the photographer Stephen Barker realized that he had been creating a photo project about AIDS and the people he met at ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy group.

Published
13 September 2017
From
Time
Proposed Sexual Health Law Reforms In New South Wales Slammed By Experts

The reforms would see people with HIV or an STI who fail to take "reasonable precautions" face a fine or up to six months in prison.

Published
13 September 2017
From
Star Observer
Heroin addiction: Why we took on this 7-day project

We undertook this work – spreading our staff throughout courtrooms, jails, treatment facilities, finding addicts on the streets and talking to families who have lost love ones – to put the epidemic in proportion. It is massive. It has a direct or indirect impact on every one of us. It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, age or economic background. Its insidious spread reaches every neighborhood, every township, every city, regardless of demographics.

Published
12 September 2017
From
Cincinnati.com
Seven Days of Heroin: This is what an epidemic looks like

The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.

Published
12 September 2017
From
Cincinnati.com
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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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