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STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

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nam/aidsmap, Published: 22 February 2017 A study of PrEP users presented last week showed that PrEP users had very high rates of STI diagnosis – in the order of 20 times higher than among HIV-negative gay men in the general population. The evidence that STIs increased further while people were on PrEP was, however, a lot more ambiguous. The problem in proving that PrEP has any causal relationship...

Key findings from the 2016 IDRS: A survey of people who inject drugs

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NDARC/UNSW, 10/10/2016 The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) monitors emerging trends in the use, price, purity and availability of heroin, methamphetamine (speed powder, base and crystal), cocaine and cannabis. In addition to a survey of people who inject drugs (PWID), the annual data collection also includes a survey of key experts (KE) who are professionals in the field of illicit drugs and...

Flux study first report: drug use among gay men and bisexual men

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Kirby Institute, May 2016 The Flux Study, a study of drug use (and non-use) among gay and bisexual men, has recently released its first annual report. Flux is a cohort study of 2251 men, including over 1700 who are being followed at 6-monthly intervals. It identifies: risk factors, prevalence, incidence, and associated harms of drug use; the role of gay community norms in individuals’...

Very high levels of chemsex and ‘slamsex’ seen in HIV-positive men attending UK HIV clinics

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nam/aidsmap, 24 February 2016 A survey of HIV-positive patients attending 30 HIV clinics in England and Wales has found that nearly a third (29%) of gay male patients reported engaging in ‘chemsex’ (defined by the researchers as “The use of drugs to increase disinhibition and arousal”) in the past year and that one in 10 reported ‘slamsex’ (injecting – or being injected with – the drugs). Read...

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