Chemsex is a term given to sex had while under the influence of stimulant drugs, typically:
- Methamphetamine (crystal meth, Tina, T or ice),
- Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), (‘liquid ectasy’ or G) and/or
- Mephedrone (MCat, meph and miaow miaow)
These drugs may be snorted, swallowed or injected (also known as slamming). They can lead to an increased sex drive, lower inhibitions and a change in energy levels. However, apart from being illegal, using these drugs can increase your risk of HIV, Hep C & STIs, mental health problems and drug dependency.
To find out more information please read Understanding Chemsex
It’s not always safe to take unknown drugs, however our experience team can work with you to:
- Take control of your usage
- Play safer
- Talk PrEP
- Signposting to find safer injecting equipment
- Discuss reducing/stopping
Here are a few tips:
- Establish clear boundaries while not under the influence and discuss your limits with partners before you have sex and use chems
- Try to have safer sex; take PrEP, use condoms and lube and do not re-use injecting or snorting equipment.
- Don’t use too regularly, this can lead to dependency, depression and impact on you overall physical wellbeing.
- Test every 3 months for STI’s including HIV and hepatitis C, Ensuring you’ve been vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.
- Know where to go if things go wrong
- We work in partnership with a number of other organisations to support anyone needing support with issues relating to chemsex.
To view some short chemsex support films from 56 Dean St, click here.
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