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For Many With HIV, Sobriety and Dealing with Addiction During COVID Aren’t Easy

Stress, job loss, and a lack of in-person meetings have made recovery or even harm reduction a challenge amid the pandemic.

By Tim Murphy
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Study: Meth Use Is the Biggest Factor for HIV Seroconversion Among Gay and Bisexual Men

“More data are needed to understand how methamphetamine may serve as a barrier to PrEP initiation, adherence, and long-term retention in care.”

By Larry Buhl
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Study: Women With HIV Have More Non-AIDS Health Issues

Psychiatric illness, dyslipidemia, non-AIDS-defining cancer, and kidney, liver, and bone disease were all higher among women living with HIV than among HIV-negative women.

By Larry Buhl
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In the Bronx, Keeping Pace With New York City’s HIV Successes Amid High Poverty Rates

In the Bronx, poverty, homelessness, and other structural factors are barriers to care for many, but the borough is still making progress in fighting its epidemic.

By Tim Murphy
Maureen Deely and Melvin Cauthen credit Kassaye Moges

Even in One of the Most Affluent Counties in Maryland, HIV Impacts the Most Vulnerable

This county in the Washington, D.C. suburbs needs housing, treatment, and prevention services for a very diverse population.

By Tim Murphy
Kevin Koerner and Morrigan Phillips credit Megan Eaves

In the Boston Metro Area, a Tale of Two HIV Epidemics Emerges

While black and Latinx gay and bisexual men and transgender women make up a larger portion of HIV cases in and around Boston, the opioid crisis has led to spiking HIV rates among injection drug users.

By Tim Murphy
Ballroom, We Care Community Advisory Meeting

More than Voguing, the Ballroom Community Is Fighting a Crystal Meth Epidemic in New York City

A new initiative called Ballroom, We Care is mobilizing community leaders and service providers to address the spike in crystal meth overdose deaths.

By Kenyon Farrow
Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco

San Francisco's Meth Task Force Could Protect Progress in HIV Reduction

San Francisco is seeing a rise in ER visits and overdose deaths due to crystal meth use, particularly among African Americans, Latinx, the homeless, and other vulnerable groups.

By Larry Buhl
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Black Gay Boys Struggling With Depression and Crystal Meth -- You're Going to Be OK

Crystal meth use rates seem to be rising among black and Latinx gay and bisexual men in most parts of the U.S. This is one young man's journey to mental health and recovery.

By Roman Blck