Sexualised drug use by MSM: background, current status and response

David Stuart
Education, Training and Outreach Manager, Antidote (LGBT substance use service; part of the London Friend charity)

Substance misuse and HIV have never been strangers to each other: the injecting use of opiates has always presented a considerable BBV (blood-borne virus) threat to injecting drug users. Health services (particularly sexual health and drug support services) have demonstrated excellent awareness and practice in responding to these risks, constantly re-thinking and improving needle-exchange services and finding ways to better understand and engage this patient group. Additionally, the chaotic sexual behaviours associated with homelessness, sex working and drug addiction are well understood, with workers being highly skilled in HIV management and prevention messages for this vulnerable group. Read more…