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January 31, 2014

Doctors are calling it a 'public health nightmare', with a disproportionate number of gay and bisexual men having unprotected sex while they're high

London gay men are being warned crystal meth could be causing a huge HIV spike in the capital.

Doctors believe while there are a small number of users, methamphetamine is having a disproportionate effect on gay men.

Increasing numbers of gay and bisexual men in the capital are injecting it, sharing needles and combining it with other drugs and high-risk sexual activity. They say the increase in crystal meth is linked to a sharp rise in HIV diagnoses, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases.

November 16, 2012

'Taking it was something I did to take my mind off things that were upsetting me - to make me feel better about myself'

Gay Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham reveals in his new autobiography Twists and Turns that he battled an addiction to crystal meth after winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In the book, to be released on Monday (20 November), Mitcham writes about how he went from the heights of Olympic glory to suffering from anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

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.