A REPORT into the use of ice in Victoria has sparked concerns over a high prevalence of the drug among young gay men.

An inquiry into methamphetamine use and supply in Victoria focusing on ice was submitted to a parliamentary committee last week, and identified LGBT people as a group facing “problematic” methamphetamine use.

The release of the report has prompted concerned discussion in Melbourne’s LGBTI community, with the issue being raised in relation to HIV transmissions at a community forum with state politicians before the upcoming Victorian election.

A Fairfax Media report into ice use in the gay community claimed mobile hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff were facilitating sales of the drug within the community and linked ice use to HIV transmission, despite a number of researchers remaining reluctant to identify such a link.

The report recommended LGBT communities be a particular focus in the state’s response to ice use through policy development and service delivery.

It follows a report out of the Kirby Institute earlier this year showing a “significant increase” in ice use for gay men since 2010.

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