Topic: Sex & Crystal Meth: The New
Epidemic in the LGBT Community
meth is methamphetamine hydrochloride,
the street form of the drug
methamphetamine that comes in clear,
chunky crystals and is heated and
smoked. Other common street names are
"ice," "crystal," "glass," "jibb" and "tina."
In recent years, crystal meth has become
the drug of choice in the gay men's
party scene. Like the mainstream use of
the drug, this trend spread from west to
east - San Francisco to New York and
Vancouver to Toronto. At "PNP" parties
(shorthand for "party and play" -
meaning sex and drugs), crystal meth
increases energy and reduces sexual
inhibition. And the superhuman feeling
that often comes with a crystal meth
high means the sex is often unprotected.
The dangerous mix of crystal meth use
and unprotected sex got the world's
attention in February 2005 when it was
revealed that a New York City man who is
a frequent crystal meth user and had
unprotected sex with numerous other men
contracted a highly virulent strain of
HIV. The virus with which he is infected
is resistant to three out of the four
classes of commonly used HIV drug
treatments, and is so fast-acting that
it progressed from initial infection to
full-blown AIDS within three months.
CBC News - The Fifth Estate)
Guest: David Amico, B.A., M.Div., CAS, LISAP
Former Phoenix area radio talk show host returns to the airwaves!
Joe is former therapist in private practice in Phoenix where he
also hosted the Joe Amico Show, the Queer Voice of Arizona. In
addition, he is a Certified Addiction Specialist and Licensed
Independent Substance Abuse Professional. He speaks
internationally on addictions and GLBT issues.
Joe is President of the National Association of Lesbian and Gay
Addiction Professionals (NALGAP); Vice President for Program
Development and Community Educator for Alternatives, Inc., the
only gay owned and operated Mental Health and Addictions
Treatment program in the nation; on the Editorial Board for
Addiction Professional and an ordained clergy member of the
United Church of Christ.