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Publishing Year: 
2019
Language: 
ENGLISH
Country: 
All Countries

Chemsex - Starting a conversation

Original Title: 
Chemsex - Starting a conversation
Resource Type: 
Factsheet
Leaflet
Briefing paper

Chemsex is defined as “the use of specific drugs (“Chems”) in modern, smartphone-age sexual contexts by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and trans persons”. Problematic ChemSex – not drug use and sex per see - are associated with various harms such as a rise in HIV, hepatitis and STI transmissions as well as addictive practices, depression, psychosis, criminal activity and death from overdose or suicide, particularly when involving the use of crystal meth and the injecting of substances. 

Data gathered in a few Western countries shows that sexualized substance use is higher among gay men compared to heterosexual men. This is associated with a greater number of partners and condom-less anal sex. There is also some evidence that the use of methamphetamine is associated with an increase in HIV acquisition.

This briefing provides information on chemsex and some of the main issues related to it. 

 


 

Disclaimer: 

This report has been produced with the financial assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of this report is the sole responsibility of the authors and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of either the USAID, the United States Government, or other agencies mentioned in this report.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.


 

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