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Crystal meth usage in gay men contributing to rising ‘infection’

[T]here is one small sub-group [where crystal meth] is having a disproportionate effect…: gay men on the extreme end of the party scene in London, where it’s being linked to a worrying rise in HIV.

…The drug can be smoked, snorted and swallowed, but increasing numbers of gay men in the capital are injecting it, sharing needles and combing it with other drugs and high-risk sexual activity. It’s often taken at “chill-outs” and sex parties, organised on social networking sites, where men engage in sex with a number of different people.

…A new report compiled by the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine recently revealed three times as many gay and bisexual men in London inject drugs than in England as a whole. The analysis also found that four times as many use crystal meth in the capital than across the rest of the country.

…At the heart of the problem, he says, are issues around self-esteem, intimacy, sexual identity and internalised homophobia.

A sensitive community takes drugs and gets ill… Why blame HIV?

[Source: Channel 4 News]

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