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Congressional staff are briefed on methamphetamine

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:535
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    Gay and bisexual men who are infected with HIV are twice as likely to use the drug methamphetamine as the population at large, Congressional staff heard at a briefing this week.

    Perry Halkitis, a researcher at New York University, told the Capitol Hill briefing that one myth about the drug was that it was used primarily by white people. Pointing to survey data from several US cities, he said, “This is a drug that cuts across racial and ethnic lines within the gay and straight populations.”

    Dr Halkitis conducted detailed interviews with dedicated users of gyms in New York city and found that nearly 25% of these men had used …

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