Orne calls this phenomenon “naked intimacy,” when people in sexually-charged spaces like discos feel more connected to each other, especially when having drug-fueled out-of-body experiences. They’re a drug that’s closely associated with gay party culture, and available legally without a prescription in California as long as they contain alkyl nitrites other than amyl nitrite, and as long as they’re sold for purposes other than for having fun. Several people said that meth and poppers do not mix well, which is another indication that poppers are not associated with meth for many guys. Yes, a lot of our customers are gay men, but our poppers are for everyone! If legislated, it’d be a criminal offence to use, sell or possess poppers. Make a fair assessment about your substance use, and think through if you can use poppers in a way that works for you. Talk to a substance use counselor if you have any concerns about the way that substances are (or are not) fitting into your life. Are poppers a dangerous “gateway” drug that might cause a slip back into meth use?
Many gay men who quit meth find that not using meth can make their sex lives extremely difficult. The reality is that many gay men continue to use poppers for sex, and probably will continue to do so. It’s a worrying reality to tie the two together: it’s uncertain if the TGA has made the connection. “Prior to making the decision, the TGA held two workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as seeking public submissions, to better understand the views of the LGBTIQ community. MacKay is reluctant to call the ban homophobic, but doesn’t deny it accidentally targets the community. While MacKay doesn’t deny the risks of poppers use – especially if used daily, which could potentially result in short-term memory loss – he feels the TGA’s recommendations are cherry-picking. Some of us are even addicted to them. In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, poppers were even blamed for causing AIDS. A large and growing body of medical research indicates that poppers are dangerous, and almost certainly implicated in causing AIDS. Years later, we know that poppers are not the cause of HIV/AIDS and the outlandish attacks against poppers as the cause of AIDS have faded into history.
Tim, another gay man, stopped using alcohol and cocaine five years ago. There is concern that many MSM who are using ethyl chloride and other solvents or propellants under the guise of “poppers” are likely unaware of the health risks involved in huffing. He specifies that there are case reports from people, such as those who have a genetic disorder called G6PD deficiency, who experience sudden anemia due to ruptured red blood cells with popper use. The Star Observer has called it a “war on bottoms”, given popper’s sacred duty in the LGBTIQ community since the 1970s as a muscle relaxer, oft-vital for anal sex. Not that long ago, I was a guest speaker at a Terrence Higgins Trust fundraising event at a West End theatre which was packed with hundreds of 20 to 30-somethings. I asked how many of them practised safe sex. 1980 presidential campaign, when Kennedy asked him if they could stop and buy some poppers. When I further asked members of the community, anti-drug campaigners and LGBT rights activists about the usage of drugs within the community, one drug that was commonly mentioned in these conversations was ‘poppers’. With meth and poppers in the gay community, the harm reduction potential is enormous.
The interaction between these drugs be very risky since it can lead to a significant reduction in blood pressure and possible fainting. If you overdose, it’s likely to cause vomiting, trouble breathing, and excessively low blood pressure and fainting. A few seconds after inhaling deeply from the amber glass bottle, you can feel your face warming as blood rushes to your head-and everywhere else in your body. Since poppers are another intense vasodilator, the combination can be lethal.” To wit: In 2010, Atlanta gay activist Greg Barrett died after inhaling poppers while on Levitra. Many gay men who have quit meth are doing just that. People (and lots of gay men) use them to enhance sex and for the major head rush they give. A 2017 report from the Flux study showed that 32% of gay and bisexual men self-reported using amyl nitrite in the previous six months. Using poppers, as a way to facilitate sex without meth, is a real and effective solution for some people. He added: ‘The claimant’s religious beliefs do not require him to express himself in a way which draws an apparent comparison between paedophiles and the gay community.