The New Yorker; Supporting sexual health and relationships for people with learning disabilities 18 December In relationships, sex and sexual health, people with disabilities often face We embrace a harm reduction philosophy that includes abstinence. When I was left to my own devices, I relied on substances to make me feel better and fit in. How is HIV transmitted - and how is it not transmitted? Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. In general, gay men report higher levels of drug and alcohol addiction than their straight counterparts.
Participants received a list of 19 reasons why they may have started to use methamphetamine, based on pilot data from Semple et al.
Drug use, community action, and public health: gay men and crystal meth in NYC.
Research indicates that meth is often used by gay and queer men as a means to reduce anxiety and increase disinhibition, pleasure and sociability. Support Center Support Center. Also, if you quit using methamphetamine or are trying to quit, you may wish only to view the section of this website that pertains to managing, cutting down, and quitting. For members of the gay community who are already HIV positive, using crystal meth speeds up the damage to their bodies and minds. Unlike for opioid use disorder, there are no effective pharmaceuticals that one can take.
Nevertheless, cannabis is unlikely to be helpful for all gay and queer men who use meth, as we are also seeing that some of those using cannabis continue to report a variety of mental health problems, including anxiety, feeling paranoid and a tendency to isolate themselves. One percent of gay and bi men in a Dutch PrEP study contracted hepatitis C annually; of those cured, one in four were reinfected per year. Regression analyses revealed differential associations between methamphetamine initiation factors and HIV risk behaviors. Because of our harm reduction goals, some language and imagery may not be suitable for individuals under 18 years of age. Among HIV-positive men who have sex with men, crystal meth use is associated with a much higher risk of contracting hepatitis C sexually. The Western Journal of Medicine.