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Can I use poppers if I’m in drug treatment? Advice from a substance use counselor

As a substance use counselor with the Stonewall Project at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, clients oftentimes ask me how (or if) poppers fit into substance use treatment. Are poppers a dangerous “gateway” drug that might cause a slip back into meth use? Or are they a relatively benign drug that’s unfairly targeted by abstinence-only groups?

Published
16 April 2018
From
BETA
Non-consensual sex is a recurrent problem in the chemsex environment

The second European Chemsex Forum, recently held in Berlin, highlighted a number of difficulties and harms experienced by chemsex users, including non-consensual sex. “We have heard many

Published
09 April 2018
By
Roger Pebody
The chemsex response is reshaping sexual health services and reinventing harm reduction

Chemsex has led the French community-based HIV organisation AIDES to bring two previously separate strands of its work together, Fred Bladou told the recent European Chemsex Forum

Published
03 April 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Loneliness and community are key to chemsex

The second European Chemsex Forum, recently held in Berlin, highlighted how the perspectives of activists and health professionals working on the issue have changed. When the first

Published
02 April 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Improving Cultural Competence to Chemsex – Interview with David Stuart

Drugreporter interviewed David Stuart, the person who first coined the term chemsex. David’s work was featured in the 2015 documentary called “Chemsex” by Vice UK, and is one of the co-creators of the European Chemsex Forum.

Published
27 March 2018
From
Drug Reporter
Inflammation, HIV and marijuana

This issue of TreatmentUpdate focuses on the impact of cannabinoids on the immune system.

Published
13 March 2018
From
CATIE
Sexual health service to hold first ever chemsex first aid class

With help on dealing with a friend's overdose or mistakes when injecting drugs – and how you can set consent boundaries

Published
13 March 2018
From
Gay Star News
Treatment with extended-release naltrexone increases chances that HIV-positive prisoners will maintain viral suppression after release

Treatment with extended-release naltrexone is associated with improved viral suppression among HIV-positive prisoners, according to two US studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses

Published
13 March 2018
By
Michael Carter
Dramatic shift in drug use trends caused by growth of formerly legal highs

Drug support services need to adapt to the new substance use landscape. "It was apparent that users of Spice and chemsex substances had a lack of knowledge of existing service provision and, perhaps most concerning, out-dated views and perceptions of who treatment services are targeted at and what services could offer,” said Dr Rob Ralphs, Reader in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Published
28 February 2018
From
Manchester Metropolitan University
Why high rents and loneliness are driving chemsex in London

A new research paper says gay men in London are turning to chemsex to escape feelings of alienation. It argues that gentrification and the closure of many LGBTI venues have robbed many gay men of the venues where they used to find ‘connectivity’ with one another.

Published
23 February 2018
From
Gay Star News
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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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