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In recent years, this drug has made a comeback in the gay community. Meth offers cheap and quick dopamine to those in need of a feel-good fix—and the American Psychological Association says that the LGBT community experiences much higher rates of general depression and anxiety than the rest of the population.
Why does crystal meth still attract gay men?
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"Joe Hollendoner, MSW, has been appointed CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation effective May 2, according to an SFAF press release.

Previously, Hollendoner was the first deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, the third-largest health department in the county. He also worked as senior vice president at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and as vice president and chief program officer at Howard Brown Health Center. And he was the founding director of the Broadway Youth Center, which helps homeless LGBT youth..."
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Please remember the HIV does not discriminate and neither should the movement! It has been years of discriminatory practices by the same LGBT community using the cause of HIV to alienate people not aligned with the LGBT cause and use of the same to promote altering motives and this needs to stop. HIV affects all... and should not be used as a platform for the LGBT community...
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"To promote HIV testing as a regular part of everyone’s health routine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Act Against AIDS initiative launched a multimedia campaign titled “Doing It.” In line with that goal, the campaign stars a host of everyday Americans of various ethnicities, occupations, genders and sexualities, including POZ blogger Shawn Decker and his wife, Gwenn Barringer..."
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"Nancy Duncan, a peer educator for Planned Parenthood in Nassau County, New York, seeks out women at risk for HIV where they’re likely to gather—in nail salons and laundromats, on the street—to encourage them to be tested for the virus.

Duncan, who has been doing this since 2004, is used to being rebuffed by those she seeks to help. Some women want nothing to do with Planned Parenthood because of the release in 2015 of secretly recorded, heavily edited videos that suggested the organization was profiting from the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses. Other women laugh and say they’re long past having to worry about birth control..."
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"An HIV vaccine, even if modestly effective, could still contribute greatly to efforts to drive down the rate of new HIV infections worldwide, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in PLOS ONE, researchers conducted mathematical modeling to predict the impact of an HIV vaccine on low- and middle-income nations when combined with other epidemic-fighting efforts, including treatment scale-up and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as outlined in the 2013 UNAIDS Investment Framework Enhanced (IFE) plan..."
An HIV vaccine, even if modestly effective, could still contribute greatly to efforts to drive down rate of new HIV infections worldwide.
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"Bad news, guys. The percentage of gay men using meth is rising again, especially in New York City. There's only one study that has consistently surveyed gay men about their meth use over time -- the CDC's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) study that surveys gay and bisexual men every three to four years in twenty U.S. cities with high HIV prevalence.

In 2010, I reached out to the principal investigators in three of those cities -- New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles -- to see if meth use had dropped since the burst of anti-meth activism launched by the gay community in 2004. I reported the dramatic drops that occurred between 2004 and 2008, and fortunately, that good news was confirmed by the 2011 survey as well..."
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"Nearly all of a cohort of HIV-positive people in Warsaw, Poland, diagnosed with early syphilis had neurosyphilis, which can contribute to cognitive decline, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in HIV Medicine, researchers conducted a prospective study between 2008 and 2012 of HIV-positive people in an outpatient clinic in Warsaw who were diagnosed with early syphilis.

Ninety-three percent of the 191 participants had syphilis levels high enough that guidelines recommend they be tested for neurosyphilis. All of them were offered a spinal tap to test for neurosyphilis, and 59 (33 percent) agreed. The investigators also recruited an additional 13 individuals who had low levels of syphilis but symptoms of neurosyphilis..."
Nearly all of a group of people with HIV Warsaw diagnosed with early syphilis had neurosyphilis, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
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"Compassion from the communities most impacted by HIV and those concerned about HIV can really decrease the rate of transmission locally. Mr organization works with partners including faith-based organizations, healthcare providers, prevention programs, local businesses, pharmacies, schools and caring citizens. All help combat the spread of the virus in our community in many ways. We come together because we have a common goal: to make Volusia and Flagler counties healthier and to make an impact on the epidemic worldwide.

Here in Volusia and Flagler counties, our planning consortium recognized that stigma was one of the biggest barriers to seeking HIV testing and treatment. Our consortium decided to to see if anyone in our affected communities was interested in creating a speakers bureau to put a face to the local HIV epidemic..."
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"Public health officials in the Czech Republic are investigating 30 gay men living with HIV for the crime of exposing someone to the virus, even though the only evidence against them is that they have tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as gonorrhea, reports BuzzFeed.

The Prague Sanitary Office believes that contracting an STI when you’re HIV positive is proof that you are exposing someone to HIV.

“There’s absolutely no evidence, there are no victims,” Jakub Tomšej, a lawyer with the Czech AIDS Help Society, told BuzzFeed..."
Plus: Why Europe is seeing the highest number of new HIV cases ever.
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"New cases of HIV declined in the nation’s capital during 2104, marking the seventh consecutive drop, according to data from the city’s annual HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report.

As the Washington Blade reports, the 2014 numbers represent a 70 percent decline from a record high of 1,333 new cases reported in 2007. Specifically, the report showed 396 new HIV cases in 2014, the latest year of data. This compares with 553 in 2013.

The breakdown of 2014 cases is as follows: 49.4 percent among men who have sex with men (MSM); 13.1 percent attributed to heterosexual sex; 1.9 percent among MSM who also inject drugs; and 1 percent (or 3 cases) attributed to injection drug use. However, in 34.7 percent of the cases, the risk factors were not identified..."
According to data from the city’s annual HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report.
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"The Pennsylvania Department of Health is launching a new pilot program to provide free hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment to uninsured or underinsured people who also live with HIV, according to a state press release.

The $13 million, six-month program will receive funding from the state Department of Aging’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly program, and is expected to aid hundreds of low-income people at least 65 years old..."
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