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Crystal Meth And T-cell Destruction

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Methamphetamine

How can I find an agency near me that provides information and services to gay and other men who have sex with men, who use methamphetamine? What is methamphetamine? What are the short-term effects of methamphetamine use? What are the long-term effects of methamphetamine use? What are some physical signs that someone is using meth? Is it possible to overdose from methamphetamine? How is methamphetamine...
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Crystal Meth and affects on HIV

I contribute my HIV status to the use of Crystal Meth. As if that isnt enough to encourage someone to stop, I havent been so open to the notion. Im an educated 34 year old man who has been blessed in some many ways, but Ive been secretly dealing...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
We know that crystal methamphetamine has adverse effects on the behavior of people who use it. It is clearly associated with higher levels of unsafe sex, and increased risk for HIV infection among people who use it regularly.According to a study in... Read more »

Smoked Crystal Meth one night, will it affect VL?

Hello Doctor,I am very embarrassed to ask this question. I am HIV positive and have taken my condition very seriously and check your forum regularly, which I find as a godsend. But This is why I am feeling so bad and angry about what I did. I...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Although it has never been systematically studied, various recreational drugs can affect viral load levels. A one time use of meth might be enough to cause a blip in viral load, depending on how much was consumed and the amount of stimulation in the... Read more »

Detectable - Crystal Meth a possible/usual cause?

Would regular use of CM be a possible (or probable) cause of remaining detectable, albeit with low count <1000, upto 2 yrs after starting meds? ...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Perhaps, although HIV drug resistance or less than perfect adherence are the main reasons for this kind of situation.... Read more »

BF was using Crystal Meth

I just broke up with my boyfriend and found out that he has been using Crystal Meth for at least a year, and we were together for 2 years. I got tested right after we broke up and it was negative, but we had high risk sex in the last 3 months....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,A good "exampke"???No, having a tweaker for an ex-boyfriend is not a reason to get an HIV PCR DNA. However, it's certainly a good reason to get a new boyfriend. New boyfriend or not, HIV PCR DNA tests are not recommended for... Read more »
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Crystal meth can make you test 'HIV'

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
In the United Kingdom from January 18, 2007 crystal meth is to be reclassified in the UK as a Class A drug. Crystal meth is now classed among the most harmful drugs. Poppers (Amyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl-Nitrite) should also now be upgraded and... Read more »

Crystal Meth - Gay community in general, HIV

Posted by NickBaer, 1 Reply
I found some new informational resources on Crystal Meth - the Gay community in general, and specifically Crystal's releation to new HIV cases.

There's some very out-there educators and celebreties speaking out on the dangers of Crystal.

I found it... Read more »

Getting past crystal meth use

Posted by chadlee, 7 Replies
Hey there-I have been positive for a little over 4 years and most of that time I have been very addicted to crystal meth. I was using 24/7 for probably 3 years and about a year ago I tried to quit cold turkey with no help at all. I have only... Read more »

Crystal Meth/Anonymous-Unprotected Sex Craze

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
What is this I hear of young men contacting other gay men for crystal meth and sex on the internet where protection isnt even discussed or used. These kids are reporting multiple partners and there is a very high incidence of HIV. This is going on... Read more »