The head of South Australia’s drug and alcohol services network says recent reports on the use of methamphetamine in the workplace are misleading and could cause people to turn away from seeking treatment.
Gay and bisexual men who reported engaging in chemsex (the use of specific drugs to enhance or facilitate sex) were five times more likely to be newly diagnosed with HIV, nine times more likely to be diagnosed with hepatitis C and four times more likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection during a 13-month follow-up period, according to London data published this week in HIV Medicine.
Chemsex is a documentary that exposes the other side to modern gay life, telling the story of gay men struggling to make it out of ‘the scene’ alive. This powerful and unflinching film followers a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction, and finding acceptance in a changing world.
The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film with an Alcohol and Other Drug specialist in an attendance to provide insight.
We encourage clinicians and nurses to attend the CHEMSEX film. The use of ICE/Meth within the MSM community is increasing and we need to develop appropriate services to support these vulnerable community members.
Wednesday 22 NOVEMBER, 6 PM – 8 PM
57 Hyde Street Adelaide
Free entry – please note this is an 18+ event
Gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) recently diagnosed with early syphilis are a priority group for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), results of a study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections suggest.
Over two years of follow-up, 11% of men diagnosed with early syphilis subsequently became infected with HIV. Incidence of rectal sexually transmitted infections and syphilis re-infection was also high.
“Our study highlights early syphilis as a risk factor for HIV acquisition in MSM,” write the investigators. “Intensive risk reduction and PrEP would be beneficial for HIV-negative MSM with early syphilis by reducing their risk of HIV acquisition.”
From 1 January 2018, Mission Australia Hindmarsh Centre after-hours Clean Needle Program (CNP) service component (Monday to Friday 5pm to 8pm) will discontinue. However, the daytime CNP service at the Hindmarsh Centre, provided by Hepatitis SA staff will continue Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 5.00pm, with syringe vending machine services available 24 hours per day 7 days per week until 30 June 2018.
The following expanded after-hours CNP service options will become available to clients in the Adelaide metropolitan area in October and November 2017:
NEW Uniting Communities Hendon CNP service details – opening Monday 9th October 2017:
45-47 Tapleys Hill Rd, Hendon (ph) 8202 5610
After-hours CNP service Monday to Sunday 5.00pm to 12.00am (midnight).
Daytime CNP service Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
1 x syringe vending machine available 24 hrs per day 7 days per week from mid-October onwards
NEW Thursday night DASSA Central Stepney after-hours CNP service details – opening Thursday 16th November 2017:
91 Magill Rd, Stepney (ph) 7245 5080
After hours CNP service Thursdays only 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Daytime CNP service Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
2 x syringe vending machines available 24hrs per day 7 days per week.
Syringe vending machines continue to be available 24hr per day 7 days per week at the following locations in SA:
NORTH – DASSA Northern Service, 22 Langford Drive, ELIZABETH.
SOUTH – Noarlunga Health Village, Alexander Kelly Drive, NOARLUNGA
EAST – DASSA Central Service, 91 Magill Rd, STEPNEY
WEST – Hindmarsh Centre, 35 Richards St, HINDMARSH.
Free community CNP sites across South Australia:
For a complete list of all free community CNP sites across South Australia, type “Clean Needle Program SA” into the Google search bar and then click on the link for “Clean Needle Program Sites List – SA Health”.
OR call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1300 131 340
For further information:
Please contact the Clean Needle Program by phoning (08) 7425 5080