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By some estimates HIV cases are increasing by 60,000 a year. In a 2004 Los Angeles study presented at the recent CDC conference in Atlanta almost one-third of gay men testing positive for HIV admitted they had used methamphetamine.

Richard also suggested that some gay men, once free of environments in which they had been persecuted, embrace drugs and hedonistic sex as a means of asserting their identity.

He began using the drug in June 2002 after he had divorced his wife and come out as gay.

"It was," he said, "an easy escape." In the throes of addiction, he lost 40 pounds. To be high on crystal and have sex all night is every man's dream. It's hard to describe the dangers." Another man recalled he engaged in anonymous, unprotected sex with 14 men in one 48-hour period.

Once known as "speed" and disparaged as the favored intoxicant of unsavory motorcycle gangs, methamphetamine is making a 21st century comeback — with gay men its most visible victims.

The drug has become the scourge of Houston's gay community.

Richard also suggested that some gay men, once free of environments in which they had been persecuted, embrace drugs and hedonistic sex as a means of asserting their identity.He began using the drug in June 2002 after he had divorced his wife and come out as gay."It was," he said, "an easy escape." In the throes of addiction, he lost 40 pounds. To be high on crystal and have sex all night is every man's dream. It's hard to describe the dangers." Another man recalled he engaged in anonymous, unprotected sex with 14 men in one 48-hour period.Once known as "speed" and disparaged as the favored intoxicant of unsavory motorcycle gangs, methamphetamine is making a 21st century comeback — with gay men its most visible victims.The drug has become the scourge of Houston's gay community."You can get a man over to your house quicker than you can get a pizza," Roland noted.