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Brighton: Terrence Higgins Trust launches drug and addiction support group

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  1. Why only men? Do Brighton lesbians and bisexual women not need support around their drug or alcohol use?

    THT, do women’s lives not matter?

  2. This is a good development.

    As a number of PN posters have vehemently denied that unsafe sex is rife in London sex-on-site clubs, I visited one last week.

    Between 10 and 11pm I observed 60 to 70 naked men indulging in an orgy.

    There was a large bowl offering condoms & lube near the entrance, but it contained no more than about 20 sachets in total, and I saw only 1 person visit it.

    In the darker corners of the club, I observed about 95% of the guests screwing without condoms.

    I saw men screwing one person, withdrawing, and then immediately going into another person, and then another.

    I saw men being screwed, then turning around and entering the person who had screwed them.

    There was much use of poppers, and most of the men had a pint of beer close at hand.

    I believe that the beer and the poppers causes people to lose their inhibitions and to indulged in the dangerous behaviour.

    1. I find it interesting that you would pay to go to such a club as you are very vocal about the profits the owners are making at the expense of the health of gay men – why would you go to such a venue if you were not interested in having sex on site?

      If the venue is a sex on site club then that is what people go there for, not to play tiddlywinks! Poppers & alcohol are the least of our worries when it comes to drug addiction & risky sex – preaching to people to use condoms in such settings is never going to help & adults make their own choices!

      The party n play drug scene is not one homogenous group – GHB/GBL & mephedrone are generally associated with the all night clubbing scene, whereas crystal meth tends to be more associated with private sex parties, obviously there will be overlap of use of these drugs, pre & post clubbing.

      Rather than go along to observe what others are doing to report back here, you would be better off engaging with the community to help make a difference

      1. To answer your first question: because repeatedly on these threads there has been vehement denial of unsafe sex practice being rife in sex-on-site clubs in the UK.

        I consider that by posting the truth, the actual behaviour that is occurring right now in sex-on-site clubs in the UK, I am indeed “helping to make a difference”.

        I understand why some people do not wish the truth to be exposed.

      2. It has to be said that you are vehemently against sex on site venues, which is of course your individual choice – people who go to such venues go there for a reason & it is those reasons that need to be better scrutinised & services targeted at those individuals, be that drug / alcohol / sex addiction or other problems related to poor mental health.

        I am unsure which commentators have vehemently denied that unsafe sex occurs in many venues in London, my perception is that many commentators make judgmental statements about such venues & those who frequent them. Closing such venues will only drive the drug & sex scene further underground which will not solve the problem in my view.

        There is a section of the gay community in London who are very active in trying to highlight the need for appropriate interventions to help those who find themselves becoming reliant on destructive behaviours to get through life, you would be better to focus your energies on such community actions.

  3. We need to lobby our local Public Health Directors to encourage them to take a wider view of HIV / Hep C prevention – they need to start commissioning services that include drug & alcohol, mental health as part of the drive to reduce new HIV infections & reduce co-infection with Hep C.

    Service providers such as THT, need to collaborate with other local organisations & the NHS to develop effective harm reduction services, that can help those most at risk.

    Those most risk should be the real focus at the local level, together with a continued drive for testing & treatment, & condom use for the “worried well”.

    Seems that Brighton are leading the way in shaping the future of HIV prevention by including drug & alcohol services together with traditional HIV prevention.

    Hopefully the London Councils Group will use this a a model to re-shape services in London, we can but hope!

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