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  • Don’t Believe the Hype: The New Drugs Strategy Ignores the LGBT Community

    Trumpeting policies while savagely cutting the resources of the agencies meant to carry those very policies out is simply untenable.

    29 July 2017 | Vice
  • Campaigner with drug past warns of 'chemsex' HIV link

    The sexual health expert credited with coining the term "chemsex" told AFP that drug-laced sexual encounters are boosting HIV infections in gay communities. David Stuart, who manages the chemsex support programme at a pioneering clinic in Soho, was himself involved in drugs and escorting and contracted HIV before turning his life around after a 2005 arrest.

    20 July 2017 | Medical Xpress
  • Responses to the new drug strategy

    A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some early responses and we will add more as they come in.

    17 July 2017 | Drink & Drug News
  • Our response to the 2017 Drug Strategy

    For the first time, the Government's strategy explicitly addresses the harms of chemsex, which is a welcome step forward. However, the acknowledgment comes without a single mention of gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men, or of a wider LGBT focus in drug treatment throughout the Strategy.

    17 July 2017 | London Friend
  • Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

    After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

    06 July 2017 | The Body
  • 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has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.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
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