California Launches Campaign Aimed to Discourage MSM From Using Crystal Meth, Reduce High-Risk Sexual Activity
March 17, 2008
California drug officials on Thursday launched an $11 million media campaign that aims to discourage men who have sex with men from using crystal methamphetamine, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Times, crystal meth has been linked to risky sexual behavior and the spread of HIV.
Michelle Roland, chief of the AIDS office at the California Department of Public Health, said, "Not only can [crystal meth use] increase the likelihood of having unprotected sex, but people are also having more sex with more partners and having sex for a longer period of time, increasing the likelihood" of HIV transmission. She added that women and heterosexual men who use meth are at an increased risk for sexually transmitted infections as well.
Renee Zito, director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, said that although the campaign is directed at MSM, it applies to anyone who uses or is tempted to use crystal meth. She added that the campaign is "about loss, really -- of family, friends, their looks, jobs, who they are. It essentially gets down to 'I lost myself'" (Los Angeles Times, 3/14).
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