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'Crystal Meth' Use Boosts STD Rates Among Gay Men
Yahoo News ^ | 3/11/04 | Randy Dotinga

Posted on 03/13/2004 9:02:37 AM PST by Libloather

'Crystal Meth' Use Boosts STD Rates Among Gay Men
Thu Mar 11, 11:47 PM ET
By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 11 (HealthDayNews) -- Crystal methamphetamine -- or "speed" -- seems to be a driving factor behind higher rates of sexually transmitted disease among gay and bisexual men.

In one study from San Francisco, gay men who visited a health clinic were twice as likely to be infected with the AIDS virus if they had recently used the illegal drug. And they were nearly five times as likely to be diagnosed with syphilis.

Armed with the new statistics, federal health officials said Wednesday they're searching for effective ways to cope with what they see as a growing threat. Among other things, researchers are studying the value of rapid sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests and exploring the use of the Internet to notify the sex partners of STD patients about their risks.

"There are a lot of innovations under way. We expect to be able to share more of these as we learn more about their success and limitations," said Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri, deputy director of the HIV, STD and TB prevention center at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He spoke during a press briefing Wednesday at the National STD Prevention Conference in Philadelphia.

Overall, sexually transmitted diseases strike an estimated 19 million Americans a year, at a cost of $15 billion, said Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC's STD prevention efforts. While many of those infected are heterosexual, federal health officials are devoting much of their attention to what Douglas calls "crescendoing" STD rates among gay and bisexual men.

Syphilis, in particular, is drawing much attention. The federal government had hoped to virtually eradicate the disease during this decade, but an epidemic among gay and bisexual men during the past four years has scuttled those plans.

Gonorrhea also strikes men who have sex with men, but rates have dropped over the last few years.

AIDS, meanwhile, remains the greatest threat of all the sexually transmitted diseases. Researchers can't easily track the rate of new HIV infections because many people don't get diagnosed for years. However, federal statistics released last fall revealed that infection rates among gay and bisexual men in 29 states grew by 17 percent from 1999 to 2002.

Experts fear the AIDS epidemic is growing worse because gay men are abandoning safer sex practices, possibly because of "condom fatigue" or a misplaced belief that AIDS is a treatable condition.

In recent months, community activists and researchers have focused on the role of crystal meth, also known as "crystal" or "meth." The drug heightens sensations of all types, making it a popular drug to take before intercourse. According to researchers, the drug seems to be especially popular among men who engage in unprotected anal sex, Valdisseri said.

Several new studies from San Francisco released Wednesday document the link between crystal meth use and unsafe sex. One study found that 16 percent of gay and bisexual men used crystal meth the last time they had anal sex; the users were twice as likely as others to not use condoms during receptive anal sex, Valdisseri said.

Another study reported that 17.4 percent of gay and bisexual men who visited an STD clinic had used crystal meth within the past four weeks, he said.

Elsewhere, research in Seattle suggests crystal meth users are three to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than other gay and bisexual men.

The findings also provide more evidence that many HIV-positive men continue to put others at risk by having unprotected sex. "They need a lifetime of support to maintain safe behaviors and protect their health and their partners' health," Valdiserri says.

Researchers say there are several promising ways to prevent STDS among gay and bisexual men:

Notification of sex partners of STD patients through the Internet. Experts say a growing number of gay and bisexual men meet anonymous sex partners through the Internet. Several small studies suggest that many men would respond to heads-up e-mails from health officials warning them that their partners are infected with STDs. Better outreach to the gay community through the media and in venues like bars, sex clubs and parties. Researchers say the efforts need to both educate gay men and encourage them to take responsibility for their decisions regarding sex.

More free STD tests and greater use of rapid tests for HIV infection and, now, for syphilis that allow people to get results immediately. "If we can do 'one-stop shopping' for people at various high-risk venues that's going to help," Valdiserri said.

But a one-size-fits-all approach to STD prevention remains elusive. "If we had a simple answer, we could close up shop," said Dr. Kenneth Mayer, an AIDS expert and professor of medicine and community health at Brown University.

More information
To learn more about HIV/AIDS and treatments, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. To get information about crystal methamphetamine and HIV, try AIDSHotline.org.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aids; behavior; boosts; crystal; crystalmeth; drugs; gay; gaydisease; grids; hiv; homosexualagenda; illegaldruguse; men; meth; prisoners; promiscuity; rates; riskybehavior; sodomites; std; use; wod
Experts fear the AIDS epidemic is growing worse because gay men are abandoning safer sex practices, possibly because of "condom fatigue"...

That $15 billion maybe better spent on ways to build a stronger condom...

1 posted on 03/13/2004 9:02:37 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
In recent months, community activists and researchers have focused on the role of crystal meth, also known as "crystal" or "meth." The drug heightens sensations of all types, making it a popular drug to take before intercourse. According to researchers, the drug seems to be especially popular among men who engage in unprotected anal sex, Valdisseri said.

Bad authors. So does taking meth increase the occurance of risky sex, or are people incautious enough to take illegal drugs more likely to be incautious in sex as well?

2 posted on 03/13/2004 9:09:47 AM PST by ahayes
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To: Libloather
I think this problem can be solved with fire, and lots of it.
3 posted on 03/13/2004 9:12:36 AM PST by Trillian
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To: ahayes
I had trouble seeing the meth/STD connection, myself. Viagra is probably more likely to increase sexual frequency. Increasing sensitivity doesn't do much for recycling time. But then again, anything that feeds the WOD paranoia will be trotted out sooner or later.
4 posted on 03/13/2004 9:14:22 AM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: Trillian
I think the problem is solving itself.
5 posted on 03/13/2004 9:15:04 AM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: Libloather

As VCR's are replaced by DVD, the buzz drug of choice is replaced by a new "head cleaner"( apparently meth).

6 posted on 03/13/2004 9:20:28 AM PST by Helms (I'll take a Harvard MBA and Jet Pilot over bs and a swift boat anyday)
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To: ahayes
Or could it be people incautious enough to engage in anonymous sex are more likely to be incautious to take illegal drugs as well?

Especially drugs that heighten sensations?

7 posted on 03/13/2004 9:26:38 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Libloather
"'Crystal Meth' Use Boosts STD Rates Among Gay Men"

Uh, NO. GAY SEX boosts STD rates among gay men.
8 posted on 03/13/2004 9:28:39 AM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: CzarNicky
>I think the problem is solving itself


Is it? CDC
numbers tell a strange story.
More sick folks, less deaths.

To my eyes, it looks
like drugs make it possible
for the sick people

to stay active, both
in sex and in politics.
So, death rates go down,

but every year more
people live with the disease
and complications . . .


9 posted on 03/13/2004 9:30:25 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Libloather
Mexican 'Red' Crystal Meth.....the narco terrorists favorite drug.....coming across a southern border near you...distributed by those 'guest workers' dealing drugs American drug dealers
dont want to...
10 posted on 03/13/2004 9:30:38 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Libloather
condom fatigue

Metal fatique results from repeated use, but condom fatigue?! I don't even want to know.

11 posted on 03/13/2004 9:31:38 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Why the long face, John?)
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To: Libloather
"'Crystal Meth' Use Boosts STD Rates Among Gay Men"

Yeah, and the Internet is responsible for the increase of syphilis among gays:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095929/posts

Seeing how these folks can find evil motives in inanimate objects (methamphetamine,
the Internet), I guess it's really no suprise as they think firearms have evil intentions
that will always eventually overtake the minds of their owners.
12 posted on 03/13/2004 9:34:08 AM PST by VOA
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To: gcruse
"I had trouble seeing the meth/STD connection, myself."

I remember years ago it was Amyl Nitrate (poppers) that was used to heighten sensations.

Seems to me that's the goal, rather than a short "recycle" time.

13 posted on 03/13/2004 9:37:48 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
I agree. But I don't see heightened sensations increasing the incidence of STDs. I see increased sexual contact as doing that. Something that increases stamina, such as Viagra, would do a better job.

Since meth and the internet are getting blame for this, it can't be long before the culprit maxima of our times joins the fray, ie, the ubiquitous SUV.
14 posted on 03/13/2004 9:46:38 AM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: VOA
They really need to prohibit internet usage and illegal drugs sales at bath houses.
15 posted on 03/13/2004 9:49:16 AM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: ahayes
So does taking meth increase the occurance of risky sex, or are people incautious enough to take illegal drugs more likely to be incautious in sex as well?

Now you are just blaming the victim. They can't help these desires.

16 posted on 03/13/2004 9:50:57 AM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: robertpaulsen
This is common sense, an expected result.

The goal is to lose inhibitions. To alter reality, which could involve emotional, ethical, moral, common sense concerns.
In this case there is also the decidedly non-PC aspects of the self-loathing and guilt at desiring unnatural acts for pleasure.

This always present underlying conflict is a big part of the drive for "marriage" and acceptance as "normal",
towards a vain hope that this feeling will go away because it is sourced from "society's pressure" and "judgements" rather than from a personal problem.

These pressures are constant, a barrage of conflicting info, from "being born this way" to "learned', to the result of "psychic scars".

I would expect to see similar results related to alcohol, all the way through all "recreational" drugs, if it were studied.

Most folks in jail are there as a result of alcohol induced stupidity.

This is not exactly cause and effect, and should not be seen as that.

It is in a sense of a gaurantee... if you volunteer to be out of your mind...you will be out of your mind.

The person with the self discipline to not go do these things will clearly not take stupid risks.
17 posted on 03/13/2004 9:57:55 AM PST by pending
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To: weegee
They really need to prohibit internet usage and illegal drugs sales at bath houses.

Or subsidize them. That might just take care of the problems in a decade or so.
18 posted on 03/13/2004 9:58:32 AM PST by VOA
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To: Libloather
Ahhhhh! Progress!
19 posted on 03/13/2004 10:06:35 AM PST by chachacha
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To: Trillian
sounds like a good idea Dr. Hibberd :>
20 posted on 03/13/2004 10:11:40 AM PST by KantianBurke (Arguments that got Arnold elected in 02, will get a "moderate" RINO elected to the White House in 08)
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To: little jeremiah; scripter
Ping


What We Can Do To Help Defeat the "Gay" Agenda


Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Version 1.1)

21 posted on 03/13/2004 10:15:34 AM PST by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: Libloather
I'm confused. This contradicts something I had read earlier this week that said the internet was to blame for increased sodomite sexual diseases. And before reading that article I thought gays spread sexual diseases by using the anuses of other men as sausage casing (so to speak). I am really confused on this issue.
22 posted on 03/13/2004 10:16:34 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: theFIRMbss
They won't live forever they are just delaying the inevitable and spreading it around more as they do so. AIDS has a nasty way of becoming drug resistant after a while.
23 posted on 03/13/2004 10:23:59 AM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: Libloather
I don't suppose it ever occurs these dim bulbs, either the "victims" or the bureaucrats, to consider the obvious cause of this plague on society (unhealthy, not to mention immoral, behavior), or the equally obvious cure: "keep it in your pants, stupid!"
24 posted on 03/13/2004 10:31:57 AM PST by sweetliberty (To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: Libloather
This is kind of an absurd article, what they are saying is that men who engage in risky behavior are prone to disease, taking drugs is one form of risky behavior, unprotected, promiscuous, homosexual sex is another.
25 posted on 03/13/2004 10:37:03 AM PST by Eva
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To: Libloather
Advice to gay and bisexual men –
Don’t worry about high risk behavior, just make sure you’re wearing those ribbons and you’ll be fine.
26 posted on 03/13/2004 10:56:49 AM PST by Michael_S
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To: Libloather
So, this is proof that meth cures homesexuality. In California, wouldn't this now be enough for some to argue that the government should provide meth to all who want it, free of charge, under the medicinal drug laws? Hey, anything that helps cure the terrible disease of faggitude and stamp out normalphobia is OK by me!
27 posted on 03/13/2004 11:05:36 AM PST by Tacis
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To: KantianBurke
Heh another Simpsons fan :)
28 posted on 03/13/2004 11:08:05 AM PST by Trillian
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To: weegee
July 14, 2003

Expert: 'Tina' Is Not a Nice Girl
Crystal Meth Use Can Lead to Heart Problems, Stroke, HIV
by Joel Kaufman, Express Gay News

Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is the “party and play” drug that is proliferating in its use among gay men and is fueling a new epidemic of unsafe sex. Also known as “Tina” (the name is derived from the fact that meth is commonly bought in 16th-of-an-ounce packages), a drug long associated with the West Coast has taken root among gay men along the East Coast in cities such as New York, South Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Over the years, crystal meth, a synthetic stimulant, has been in and out of vogue. It has appealed to a wide variety of groups, and developed a lexicon of its own. Used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II to keep troops alert, meth was popular with truck drivers and bikers in the 1950s. In the 1960s, it spread to the hippies, who nicknamed it “speed.” In the 1970s and ’80s, it moved to more rural areas and was referred to as “redneck cocaine.”

Whether smoked, injected or snorted, the drug’s appeal is simple. It produces a sense of euphoria for several hours, increases the heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Drug users say that it makes you ravenously horny. Recently, the drug has made heavy inroads into the gay dance scene, circuit parties and sex parties.

The effects of crystal meth use include increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased wakefulness and insomnia, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, respiratory problems, extreme anorexia, hyperthermia, convulsions, cardiovascular problems, including left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of the left ventricle), euphoria, irritability, confusion, tremors, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, bizarre behavior and violent behavior. It can also cause irreversible damage to the blood vessels in the brain, producing strokes.

Studies have also found that meth destroys dopamine, a chemical in the brain that helps control movement and emotions. After extended abuse, some addicts show early and mild Parkinson’s disease. One big risk of meth use is the increased chance of HIV and STDs through unprotected and uninhibited sex while under the influence of meth.

Crystal meth is also referred to as “crank,” “crystal,” “ice” and a host of other names.

Meth is a man-made drug. There are many different methods of producing meth. Many of the chemicals used to make the drug are caustic, corrosive and toxic, and some of the processes create noxious and harmful fumes. People who come in contact with the highly toxic chemicals used to make the drug can become sick, and prolonged exposure can lead to cancer.

The Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (BCCOSA) recently initiated the formation of a crystal meth task group to address growing crystal meth problem.

The problem is just as prevalent in Miami-Dade County. “Crystal meth users now account for a great many of the newly diagnosed HIV infections and for the county’s and the nation’s increase in the syphilis epidemic,” says Marc Cohen, president of United Foundation for AIDS in Miami.

Crystal can create a powerful craving for more of the drug. Long-term use can result in serious mental, personality and physical problems.

As the Crystal Meth problem has grown, more Crystal Meth Anonymous groups have sprung up in South Florida. For more information about Crystal Meth recovery groups, visit www.crystalmeth.org/schedules.htm .
29 posted on 03/13/2004 4:55:13 PM PST by Helms (I'll take a Harvard MBA and Jet Pilot over bs and a swift boat anyday)
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping.

D'uh alert - gee whillikens, if homosexuals keep idulging in crazy same sex sodomy promiscuously, AND take horrible addictive dangerous drugs at the same time, they are - gasp! - MORE like to give each other sexually transmitted diseases!

I can hardly believe it.

if anyone wants on/off this ping list, pingify me.
30 posted on 03/13/2004 9:07:53 PM PST by little jeremiah (...men of intemperate minds can not be free. Their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: CzarNicky
>They won't live forever they are just delaying the inevitable and spreading it around more as they do so

If carriers just
infect one person per year,
extending their life

by a few more years
can have profound effects on
total infections. *

(In this small program,
try changing the "lifeSpan" to
15, up from 10 . . .)


--------------------------------------
program

let totalInfections = 100     ! start total carriers
let infectRate = 1             ! spread rate (does anyone
                        ! have real numbers?)
let lifeSpan = 10         ! years lived after diagnosis

for i=1 to lifeSpan

    let totalInfections = totalInfections + (totalInfections * infectRate)

    print "total carriers after", i, "years:", totalInfections
end for

end program

31 posted on 03/14/2004 11:19:39 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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Comment #32 Removed by Moderator

To: little jeremiah
...pingify me.

That really doesn't have anything to do with "condom fatigue" - does it?

33 posted on 03/16/2004 7:18:44 PM PST by Libloather (If Hillary says something, it must be true...)
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