February 23-25, 2023 | New York Hilton, NY

Addiction in LGBTQ+ Communities and Crystal Methamphetamine Use Among Gay Men

Feb 17 2022
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Grand Ballroom West
Petros Levounis, MD, MA

Reflecting sweeping changes in our understanding of gender and sexuality over the past decade, this session will provide an informative and affirming discussion of addiction treatment for clinicians working with patients of diverse gender and sexual identities. We will focus on the re-emergence of crystal methamphetamine among gay men. Methamphetamine use has grown increasingly prevalent over the past decade, and fentanyl-contaminated methamphetamine has led to a significant increase in overdose deaths. Though no FDA-approved medications exist yet to treat methamphetamine use disorder, new research has demonstrated patient success with culturally sensitive, safe, and effective treatments.

Learning Objectives:
  1. List the three dimensions of sexual orientation and the three dimensions of gender.
  2. Analyze the connection between crystal methamphetamine use among gay men and the risk of HIV transmission.
  3. Describe three components of the Matrix Model of treatment for crystal methamphetamine use disorder.
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