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  • The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

    Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

    14 June 2017 | Washington Post
  • Daily Cannabis Use has No Negative Impact on HIV Treatment

    Daily cannabis use has little or no impact on HIV clinical outcomes, according to new research. A study was published in The International Journal of Drug Policy suggests that heavy cannabis use does not pose a threat to those who are on HIV medications.

    28 March 2017 | Culture Magazine
  • Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

    Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

    13 March 2017 | PinkNews
  • Slamming booklet uses provocative 'Tom of Finland' images in safer injecting guide for gay men

    This publication is adapted from a groundbreaking Dutch publication Slammen Do’s and Don’ts first published by Mainline Foundation in January 2016. The UK edition was adapted by Andrew Preston and Roy Jones, and superbly illustrated in the style of Tom of Finland by Michael Linnell.

    06 February 2017 | Exchange Supplies
  • Study affirms that cocaine makes users more likely to risk unsafe sex

    Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to higher-than-usual rates of impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but the tie-in has been difficult to study with any scientifically controlled rigor.

    03 February 2017 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • What a Chemsex Clinic in Paris Taught Me About Saving Drug Users' Lives

    Elements of harm reduction are effective and, like PrEP, they are all components of our toolkit. Education, psychotherapy, peer support and a host of other interventions must work in tandem. Can we really afford not to utilize every tool we have to prevent HIV and HCV? For me, keeping clients safe while I work with them to become abstinent is essential. It's not necessary to wait for an HIV and HCV "hotspot" like the one in Indiana to emerge before we take action. Let's check our moral outrage, become fully informed and use every tool possible. Countless lives are at stake.

    27 January 2017 | The Body Pro
  • ChemSex care plan

    A new online, interactive resource to assist healthcare practitioners to guide ChemSex patients through a behaviour-change Care Plan, is now live. Designed for people who use chems who might be unable or unwilling to access support services, or for drugs workers/sexual health staff in areas where there are no ChemSex support services

    17 January 2017 | David Stuart
  • Chemsex Study Shows Urgent Need for Education amid Rising GHB Deaths

    The results of a study into chemsex in the UK illustrate the need for improved public education on the risks of gamma-hydoxybutyrate (GHB) use.

    19 December 2016 | Talking Drugs
  • Inside The Dark, Dangerous World of Chemsex

    Gay and bisexual men described wide-scale and systematic sexual violence, the deliberate drugging of vulnerable teenagers, the coaxing of impoverished men into a cloaked world of prostitution, frequent mental breakdowns from meth-induced psychoses, overdose victims routinely left to slip into comas, and a pile-up of sudden deaths. Almost no one is coming forward to report incidents to police. And most are not seeking help from services that treat substance abuse or tackle sexual exploitation.

    04 December 2016 | Buzzfeed
  • NICE one? Is NHS guidance on substance misuse fit for purpose?

    2007 was the last time the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published guidance on psychosocial interventions for substance misuse. Is the guidance published a decade ago fit for purpose in 2016?

    28 November 2016 | The Mental Elf
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