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'Whoonga' drug: a new twist in S.Africa's AIDS war

AIDS patients in South Africa are being robbed of their lifesaving drugs so that they can be mixed with marijuana and smoked, authorities and health experts say.

20 November 2010
Meth Use Among NYC Gays Shifts to Blacks, Latinos, Poor

The meth problem here in New York City has not gone away. It has simply moved to segments of our community that often go unnoticed and underserved.

25 October 2010
Gay City News
Meth Use Among NYC Gays Shifts to Blacks, Latinos, Poor

Methamphetamine, a.k.a. crystal meth, originally garnered popularity in New York City among young, white, educated gay men.

21 October 2010
Poz magazine news
Meth use among young gay men remains a pervasive problem

Local health-care and counseling organizations are reaching out to meth users in the gay community, hoping to steer users away from the drug. Studies show that about one out of 10 gay or bisexual men in King County uses crystal meth in any given year and that meth users are among the highest risk groups for contracting HIV.

26 August 2010
Seattle Times
Most men in long-term study of HIV report low use of illicit drugs

Most older gay and bisexual men enrolled in a long-term study of HIV used recreational drugs infrequently over a 10-year period, researchers report. The study explored the drug use habits of 1,378 HIV-positive and negative gay and bisexual men, ages 44-63, and found that 79 percent of participants reported infrequent drug use.

21 July 2010
Science Daily
LSUHSC awarded $4 million to understand effect of THC on HIV

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has been awarded a $4 million grant over five years to study how THC, a component chemical of marijuana, might reduce inflammation and viral replication in people with HIV, as a basis for future drug discovery.

07 July 2010
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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.

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