Chemsex is when a person engages in sex with another person or a group of people, while using drugs, before or during a sexual activity, to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the sexual experience; this may be a one off meeting ot a prolonged encounter taking place over a number of days. Arrangements are usually made via hook up apps and networking sites.
The overwhelming majority of those that participate in Chemsex are MSM (Men who have Sex with Men). MSM are a group of people who may or may not identify as gay or bisexual but who on occasions and in specific situations do have sex with other men (e.g. male sex workers, males in prison, men who choose not to define or do not have the freedom to define their sexuality).
Due to the nature of Chemsex and the misuse of substances involved, there is a possibility of overdose, injury or other health issues. If you or anyone you’re with is experiencing difficulties or has become unwell following taking any drug or substance call 999 immediately to get help.
The drugs of choice predominantly but not exclusively used in Chemsex are Crystal Methamphetamine (Tina), Mephedrone (MeowMeow) and GHB/GBL (G). Please note that possession and supply of drugs is illegal.
For help or advice on all drugs you can speak with your Doctor or call “Talk to Frank” on 0800 777 6600 or visit www.talktofrank.com
People participating in Chemsex may be particularly vulnerable to sexual crime and assaults.
If you believe you have been the victim or have witnessed a crime or an incident that has caused you distress, you can report to us online, by calling 101 if it isn’t an emergency, and on 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger or needs urgent help.
If you want to report to us anonymously, you can do that by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the following link *Crimestoppers Web link*. If someone is in need of urgent medical attention always call 999.
For any advice or peer support with any LGBT+ or Chemsex issues you can contact:
The Rainbow Project on 0289 031 9030 / 0287 128 3030 or visit www.rainbow-project.org. The Rainbow Project runs an advocacy service; you can approach them for advice and support reporting non-emergency incidents to the police.
Cara Friend provide support to young people and those supporting young people who are LGBT+. www.cara-friend.org.uk or call 0289 089 0202.
Chemsex can lower inhibitions and with this there's an increased risk of injection-related infections and blood-borne viruses like HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B. Chemsex users can be more vulnerable to unsafe sex, if you're under the influence of drugs, you might not use a condom or participate in a higher risk activity which can put you at increased risk of internal injury, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).