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HIV and Meth Use Linked In San Francisco

Health officials are warning gay men that methamphetamine use is rising among those infected with HIV. That is leading some health professionals to conclude that rampant use of the drug among gay men on the party circuit is fueling behavior that leads to the contraction of HIV. The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that health experts estimate up to 40 percent of gay men in San Francisco have tried crystal meth — commonly known as speed.

A city Health Department study conducted last year also found that 25 to 30 percent of newly HIV infected patients at one local clinic reported using crystal meth within the previous six months. San Francisco officials are planning a televised City hall discussion on meth use this Wednesday.