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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
Gay and bisexual men with problematic chemsex are a diverse group with significant sexual and psycho-social risks

Men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking support because of chemsex are a diverse group and have a range of behaviours that pose a high risk

15 July 2019
Michael Carter
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
Hepatitis C more stigmatising than HIV: gay men’s attitudes towards hepatitis C reinfection

Qualitative research with HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in Australia who had been cured of hepatitis C infection revealed that having hepatitis C was more stigmatising than

04 June 2019
Krishen Samuel
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
Decline in chemsex over time in three English clinics

In the first study to track chemsex over time, the number of men having chemsex fell by two-thirds between 2015 and 2018, Janey Sewell and

09 May 2019
Roger Pebody
English clinic survey finds that 40% of gay men with new hepatitis C infections are HIV negative

A study of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with recently acquired hepatitis C infection and treated in three English clinics has found that 40% of them were

07 April 2019
Gus Cairns
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
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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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