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Hiv positive gay man often party sessions on crystal

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- HIV POSITIVE GAY MAN, AGED 25 - 34 Often, party sessions on crystal can involve other drugs. If so, be mindful how these may interact with crystal or require their own monitoring: This is one of the most common mixes of party drugs. Being on crystal can impede your judgement/memory when it comes to keeping track of your G doses. Keep a running tally on your phone of when/how much you and your party partner(s) dosed. G is crucially dose dependent. A smidgeon over the limit can render someone unconscious and in need of medical assistance. If your party partner is having a bad reaction to G (from passing out to acting forcefully/ erratically) look out for them. Get them to lie down in the recovery position (on their side) and keep checking on them. If in any doubt about their wellbeing call an ambulance immediately. TINA & G TINA & OTHER RECREATIONAL DRUGS Mixing tina and other recreational drugs like cocaine, MDMA, or speed isn’t very common in the party’n’play scene, but it can happen. Be mindful of how mixing too many drugs at once, and the extreme pressure you’re placing on your heart (and other parts of your body). TINA & VIAGRA/CIALIS or LEVITRA A common side effect of using crystal is ‘crystal dick’ – the inability to maintain an erection. Be mindful of not overdoing erectile dysfunction pills, they put additional stress on your heart (already working overtime in your heightened state). Mixing Viagra etc. with amyl can cause a rapid drop in blood pressure and is not recommended.
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YOU ARE NOT ALONE Whether you’re thinking about trying it, use recreationally, or find your usage is getting away from you, it’s vital to have people you can trust who are willing to discuss these issues with you.. If you have none in your social circle, look online at some of the peer user networks associated with various HIV sector organisations. It’s important to understand that there’s a lot of stigma around drug use, particularly in relation to tina. Some gay guys who have no issues with recreational drug use may be deeply disapproving at any hint of crystal use and you should be careful to avoid disclosing to anyone until you’ve established that you won’t be judged, or have your recreational or problematic usage discussed without your consent. One side effect of crystal stigmatisation has been the creation of a ‘hidden’ tribal network of men who use and they can be an incredibly valuable source of harm reduction information. However, it is also important to recognise some guys experiencing problematic use of tina may enable each other to keep using instead of getting help. Even if you’ve just started using, consider disclosing to your doctor (especially if you’re HIV+). They will of course advise against it but most doctors who have significant caseloads of gay, bi and trans men are also very aware of the realities of LGBTIQ life and your doctor can end up being a useful touchstone throughout your relationship with crystal and help you realise when things are getting out of hand.
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  • Fall '11
  • RUTGERS
  • The Bible, Tina, Recreational drug use, Psychoactive drug, Harm reduction

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