Rising drug use in gay men

Pink News: “[A National AIDS Trust] report found gay men are increasingly using newer drugs, such as crystal meth, mephedrone and GHB/GBL, often sharing needles and using drugs in the context of risky sexual behaviour.

…At one drug treatment centre in London, 85% of gay men now report using one or more of these three drugs compared to only 3% in 2005.

…NAT warns that this poses a significant HIV risk as new users may not understand safe injecting practices. There is evidence of elevated HIV and hepatitis rates among steroid injectors, the charity said.”

Safe injecting practices? What’s safe about taking synthetic recreational drugs?

 

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