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Injecting Meth? Here's What You Definitely Need to Know

Injecting, or "slamming," crystal meth (sometimes called "tina" or "T" in the LGBT world) has been on the rise the past several years among gay men, often including those living with HIV, who use the drug to enhance sexual activity.

17 July 2019
How I Lost Myself to India's Chemsex Scene and Overdosed, But Survived to Tell the Story

Inside the dark world of drug-fuelled sex parties where an increasing number of gay Indians want to feel belonged, drug abuse is more than just a health hazard.

08 July 2019
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration decides not to ban poppers

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been praised for backing down on an outright ban of “poppers”.

10 June 2019
One third of French HIV group uses illicit drugs, often risking antiretroviral interactions

One in 3 people in a 286-person French HIV group took illicit drugs that sometimes posed a risk of severe interactions with antiretrovirals. Many potential interactions involved the boosting agents ritonavir or cobicistat.

17 May 2019
Drugs before sex more common in UK than in Europe or US – study

UK citizens are more likely than Europeans or those living in the US to have taken drugs such as MDMA and cocaine before sex during the last year, according to a new study.

02 April 2019
The Guardian
Effect of Depression, Lifestyle on Cognitive Function in PLWHIV

Compared with patients without HIV, the poorer cognitive performances of PLWHIV were partly mediated by a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms.

26 March 2019
Infectious Disease Advisor
Ireland: The new HIV crisis needs a better response

HIV is a public heath issue, but a spike in diagnoses in Ireland seems to be going unchecked. New figures published last week show there were 531 new cases of HIV infections diagnosed in 2018, an increase from 492 in 2017. There is now a new diagnosis of HIV in Ireland every 17 hours; Ireland’s rate of new diagnoses stood at 10.2 per 100,000 people in 2017, while the European average is 6.2 per 100,000.

04 March 2019
Irish Times
Chemsex: Reading the signals

Gay men can find it very difficult to seek help when ‘chemsex’ becomes addictive. Leon Knoops explored the issue at Hit Hot Topics.

05 February 2019
Drink & Drug News
With the chemsex scene booming, are gay men using drugs to medicate complex issues around sex?

Experts say many men have a ‘sex problem’ and are using drugs as the solution. Traditional treatment methods may not be enough.

25 January 2019
A call to action for effective responses to problematic chemsex

A position paper from organisers and participants of the 2nd European Chemsex Forum, Berlin 22-24 March 2018

16 January 2019
International HIV Partnerships
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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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