Gay Leaders Working to Combat Crystal Meth Use Among Men Who Have Sex With Men
April 5, 2005
Gay leaders nationwide "bluntly acknowledge that their communities have distinctive problems" with crystal methamphetamine use, including the drug's link to the spread of HIV/AIDS, and that they have "an unavoidable responsibility to combat" its use, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports. Crystal meth -- which can be snorted, smoked or injected -- is a popular "party drug" that breaks down inhibitions, raises energy levels and increase sexual activity, therefore raising the risk of HIV transmission, according to the AP/Sun. Awareness of crystal meth use "intensified" in February when New York City public health officials announced the detection of a highly drug-resistant strain of HIV in a New York City man, according to the AP/Sun (Crary, AP/Las Vegas Sun, 4/4). New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials said the strain possibly causes a rapid onset of AIDS and issued an alert to physicians, hospitals and medical providers, asking them to test all HIV-positive patients for evidence of the strain. The man was reported to have had frequent, unprotected anal intercourse with other men, often while using crystal meth (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/14).
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