May 5, 2003
Of gay and bisexual men testing positive for syphilis, 25 percent reported recent speed use, said Klausner. HIV-negative gays who used meth were three times more likely to have rectal gonorrhea than nonusers. Men on speed say that meth tends to make them "instant bottoms" -- the receptive position in anal sex -- because the drug induces temporary erectile dysfunction.
A statewide study found that among 63,098 gay and bisexual men tested in 2001 and 2002 at public clinics, 7.1 percent of meth users were HIV-positive, compared to 3.7 percent for nonusers. And 10.5 percent of the men reported meth use. Officials found that 39.2 percent of gay non-users "always" use a condom for anal receptive intercourse, compared to 24.6 percent of meth users.
An SFDH study, published in February, of gay and bisexual men who frequented late-night dance clubs, parks after hours, sex clubs, and adult bookstores found the incidence of recreational drug use extremely high:
A San Francisco City Hall discussion about crystal meth and HIV will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in room 263 and broadcast live on public access cable channel 26.