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And one state employee who works closely with Child Protective Services calls meth a fertility drug.
“Meth moms are having baby after baby after baby,” she says.
Robert, one of the ex-tweakers now in recovery, is familiar with what happens in a meth lab.
He says he was once referred to simply as “The Doorman,” guarding local meth labs run by biker gangs, protecting both the house and the cooks inside from cops and psychotic tweakers alike.
But , if not access inside the meth house, for the price of orally satisfying The Doorman. He was only in the seventh grade when he was first exposed to it, weighing cocaine for a friend who happened to have a pocket full of “white crosses.” But over the years, working for biker gangs like “The Dozen” and “The Spartans,” he was exposed to more women — more women looking for drugs.
That’s why it’s so uniquely different from these other drugs we associate with sex.” Which explains why Don Sherrard, who supervises the Phoenix Police Department unit that focuses on searching out and shutting down meth labs, finds “stacks and stacks” of porn at almost every meth house he busts.
The Stop AIDS Project credits a series of public health awareness campaigns coordinated in part by the agency for a nearly 50 percent drop in meth use among gay and bisexual men in San Francisco.
That’s not the case in Phoenix, where health officials admit they’ve done little, if anything, to address what a huge problem meth and sex present.
Yet even with more than 40 percent of local HIV patients reporting that they are also meth users — significant because tweakers are much less likely to use protection, HIV-positive or not — there’s been no significant public health campaign in Maricopa County warning of the dangers of having sex while tweaking.
There certainly hasn’t been an effort like that made in other major metropolitan cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, or San Francisco, where city leaders and nonprofit agencies are pre-emptively targeting gay men before they use meth for the first time.