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September 24, 2014

Popular Melbourne, Australia gay club night Poof Doof is banning patrons who bring crystal methamphetamine and GHB into the club for life, and those placed on the banned list won’t be able to get into more than 100 other venues

Melbourne Saturday night gay club night Poof Doof is putting its foot down when it comes to people using drugs under its roof, and will ban clubbers from entering the venue for life if they are caught with crystal methamphetamine or GHB.

Poof Doof organizers announced the ban on Monday via a statement on social media, posting, ‘After seeing how these horrific drugs have affected our community, Poof Doof has decided to take action.’

June 25, 2014

Inquest hears how a sauna's drug policy has become more 'aggressive' since the death of one of its patrons

Three men have died within eight months after taking a party drug at a London gay sauna, inquests have heard.

Greg Page, 41, was found dead at the Pleasuredrome sauna in Waterloo at 8am on 27 October 2012.

John Scott, 46, was found collapsed at the same time and rushed to hospital where he died two days later.

And not only that, but Konstantinos Bamptazis was found dead eight months earlier in a locked private room after taking mephedrone and GHB.

May 10, 2013

A group of community leaders meet in South London’s clubbing district Vauxhall to discuss the drug GHB, and its relationship to clubbing and the gay community

In 2012, Gay Star News reported at least three separate deaths in the months of July, August and October where gay men died of suspected drug overdose in clubs and sex saunas.

August 31, 2012

Hepatitis C rates among HIV positive gay men in Switzerland have jumped by eighteen hundred percent over 14 years and researchers are calling for better education campaigns targeting men who have sex with men

Hepatitis C infections have increased eighteen fold among HIV positive Swiss men over a 14 year period, according to a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, with half of those infections occurring since 2008.

In comparison infections decreased among injecting drug users and remained stable among heterosexuals.

Troublingly, over 80 percent of the Hepatitis C infections among gay men were of the hardest strains of the virus to treat.

April 1, 2012

‘Chems’ are highly addictive - GSN investigates the dark side of pleasure

On Caledonia Road, in the heart of London’s Kings Cross, there is a small shopfront painted bright purple and a discreet sign that confirms that this is the home of London Friend.

This nondescript, unassuming premises is the frontline in an ongoing campaign to educate gay men in Britain's capital about the risks that they’re taking and the harm that they’re doing to themselves.