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Feeling horny and sexy at Pride? We need to talk about chemsex too

OPINION: This pride season we need to talk about the gay and bi men getting high and horny – they deserve our compassion. As renowned play The Chemsex Monologues comes to the all-new Above the Stag Theatre for the Pride in London 2018 festival, writer Patrick Cash reflects on how he first came across chemsex. The Chemsex Monologues follow four people with interconnecting stories on the high and horny scene.

27 June 2018
Gay Star News
Pushing for harm reduction success in Burundi

Burundi learn about harm reduction from one of the pioneers on the African continent.

25 June 2018
Las Vegas' Needle Exchange Vending Machines Are A First In The U.S.

Needle exchanges provide people with drug addictions a place to turn in used needles and get new ones while working to prevent outbreaks of hepatitis and HIV. In 2017, Las Vegas installed three vending machines to dispense free, unused needles.

15 May 2018
Drug and alcohol services cut by £162m as deaths increase

Analysis by the BBC found £162m (18%) has been cut from treatment budgets in England since 2013-14. In 2013 there were 2,734 drug poisoning deaths in England, rising to 3,450 in 2016, official figures show.

14 May 2018
With Glasgow Facing an HIV Crisis, the Media Need to Stop Stigmatising Drug Users

Sensationalism in some of the tabloid press in the UK is hardly a recent phenomenon, with much of their reputation built on vilifying marginalised groups in a bid to pander to right wing ideology. But, in the face of what has been described as an “uncontained HIV outbreak” in Glasgow, the potentially damaging language used by the media in Scotland to describe so-called ‘junkies’ must be held to account.

02 May 2018
A Thousand Flowers (blog)
Linkage to care specialist facilitates access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs

A longitudinal study involving more than 1,000 individuals reports promising role for linkage to care specialists in expanding access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs. Almost 50% of patients referred to a medical practitioner made it to their first appointment and that 60% of those seen were initiated on treatment.

13 April 2018
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia: Peer-led Best Practice

The Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia: Peer-led Best Practice report outlines recommendations for peer-led best practice for needle and syringe program (NSP) service delivery in Australia. It is based on consultations with peers across Australia on their experiences with different types of NSP outlets.

09 April 2018
Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
HIV rates among Glasgow drug users ‘not under control’

Tonight, we can reveal the true scale of the HIV rate among drug users in Glasgow, as the city’s public health authority tells us the situation is “not under control”.

26 March 2018
Channel 4 News (video)
Opioid substitution treatment: one size fits nobody

With much anecdotal evidence that people are losing their OST of choice, a meeting was held at the DDN conference to ask, ‘are you getting what you want?’ The comments suggest new action points for services.

13 March 2018
Drink & Drug News
The Kremlin won't admit that Russia's HIV epidemic is getting worse

Russia is in the throes of an HIV/AIDS epidemic with 100,000 new cases recorded every year — one of the highest rates of new infections in the world — and fewer than half of those diagnosed even receive treatment.

27 February 2018

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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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