Methamphetamine use among gay men across the UK

Int J Drug Policy. 2010 May;21(3):244-6. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2009.07.002. Epub 2009 Sep 2.


Background: Concerns about gay men's methamphetamine use reflect its physical and psychological harms, and association with sexual-risk behaviour and HIV infection. Existing research suggests gay men's use in the UK is low and may be largely confined to London.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey of convenience sample of UK gay men.

Results: Methamphetamine was used by a significant minority of gay men in London but also in other regions. Overall, use was highest among those men aged 30-49, HIV-positive and reporting sexual-risk behaviours.

Conclusion: Methamphetamine was used by a significant minority of gay men in and outside London. Targeted prevention and treatment services should be developed and evaluated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders / complications
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • HIV Seropositivity / complications
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology*
  • Homosexuality, Male / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methamphetamine / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk-Taking
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Unsafe Sex / statistics & numerical data


  • Methamphetamine