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Methamphetamine use among gay men across the UK

International Journal of Drug Policy, 2010, 21(3): 244-246 (doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2009.07.002)

Authors: Christopher P. Bonell, Ford C.I. Hickson, Peter Weatherburn, David S. Reid

Abstract

Background: Concerns about gay men's methamphetamine use reflect its physical and psychological harms, and association with sexual-risk behaviour and HIV infection. Existing research suggests gay men's use in the UK is low and may be largely confined to London.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey of convenience sample of UK gay men.

Results: Methamphetamine was used by a significant minority of gay men in London but also in other regions. Overall, use was highest among those men aged 30–49, HIV-positive and reporting sexual-risk behaviours.

Conclusion: Methamphetamine was used by a significant minority of gay men in and outside London. Targeted prevention and treatment services should be developed and evaluated.

Keywords

Homosexual; HIV; Methamphetamine; Street drugs; Sexual behaviour

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