Homo Gay Men: Want to Lower Your Risk of Contracting HIV?
posted by April 17 at 8:59 AMon
Don’t sleep with gay men that use crystal meth.
Men who have sex with men and used crystal methamphetamine in the last year were five times more likely to test HIV-positive than MSM who did not use the drug, according to preliminary data collected by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, the Los Angeles Times reports. The center also found that 25% of the 6,360 MSM it tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in 2006 reported using crystal meth at least once, compared with 18% of the 5,300 MSM tested in 2005. Mike Rizzo, the center’s manager of crystal meth recovery services, said 43% of people newly infected with HIV report some meth use. “There’s no doubt in the minds of most experts that meth contributes not only to the transmission of HIV but other” STIs, Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said.
Ahem: This is not a Nancy Reaganesque, just-say-no message. We want you to say yes to other drugs, better drugs, less destructive drugs.