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The Myth & Truth About Methamphetamine & AIDS

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During the early years of HIV -- 1980 to 1985 -- methamphetamine was not implicated with HIV. 

From 1985 until 1996, PWAs were using low doses of crystal meth because it made them feel better, what they didn't know was that crystal meth was keeping them alive.

The success of HIV cocktails from 1996 to 2000 led to a widespread movement in the medical community against meth use.  

In 2000, that movement began to fork in two directions among the medical community.

By 2001, other nations throughout the world were turning to harm reduction for the answers; the US maintained its zero tolerance policy.

From 2002 until 2005, the medical community was doing everything it possibly could to convince the public that methamphetamine was linked to the transmission of HIV.

In 2005, Senators Feinstein and Harkins introduced the Methamphetamine Control Act & quality of crystal methamphetamine drops.  Meanwhile, Terry Jernigan's paper, Effects of Methamphetamine Dependence & HIV Infection on Cerebral Morphology (left panel) sparks reaction after  volume increases  of basal ganglia and the parietal cortex "surprise" research. 

In 2007,  research is in limbo, leaving the medical community divided; medical opinions and causing conflict among HIV healthcare providers.

Copyright C 2007