CHEMSEX IS A TERM COINED BY THE GAY COMMUNITY FOR SEX THAT INVOLVES RECREATIONAL DRUGS AND USUALLY MULITPLE PARTNERS.
When Chemsex began the drugs used were crystal methamphetamine (Meth, Tina), mephedrone and/or GHB/GBL. Risks associated with these drugs, apart from the general massive health effects, include the use of injecting equipment which, if not used properly, can cause serious health problems including exposure to HIV and other Blood Born Viruses such as Hepatitis C.
Because the cocktail of these drugs heightens your sex drive people engaging in chemsex more often than not take massive risks with their sexual health. So called Chemsex parties are often known to be “Condom Free events” where all participants are expected to engage in unprotected sex (or bare backing) therefore putting everyone at risk of contracting HIV and other STI’s.
As with all things in society, the original Chemsex drugs of choice have been diluted across the UK and now the term ChemSex is used, by some, to refer to any sexual act undertaken while using any illegal drug or narcotic.
Because drugs and alcohol lower our inhibitions there is a much higher chance of people engaging in risky condomless sex, therefore putting themselves at a very high risk of contracting HIV and other STI’s.
Some guys can become dependant on drugs to have sex and for them, sober sex can become intimidating or even impossible. Can you remember the last time you had sober sex?
You can find support and information on this at https://www.fridaymonday.org.uk/breaking-the-cycle/sober-sex/
For more information and support on chemsex visit https://www.fridaymonday.org.uk/
Support is available in Blackpool from HORIZON LGB&T on 01253 311431 where you can also obtain free injecting equipment, condoms and lube from our needle exchange hub at 102 Dickson Road.