By Clare Wilson. It has widely been reported this morning that the UK government is gunning for chemsex in its new drug strategy, published today. But what is it, and is it really that bad? Typically it involves crystal methamphetamine , GHB gamma hydroxybutyrate or mephedrone, also known as miaow miaow , which can be snorted or swallowed. The trend has taken off in the last ten years or so, probably because of the rising use of these particular drugs along with the boom in hook-up apps. It raises the risk of sexually transmitted infections, like HIV and hepatitis C. Needle sharing for slamsex can also spread STIs.
The number of men using drugs in a sexual context quadrupled in two years and could be linked to a disturbing rise in HIV infection rates. Three times as many gay and bisexual men in London inject drugs than in England as a whole, according to new analysis, which also found that four times as many use crystal meth in the capital than across the rest of the country. More than 60 per cent of their clients injected drugs last year.
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For some, the idea of injecting drugs is taboo. Users say slamming makes you feel sexual, horny and engaged with everyone around you. One where it is just too easy to fall, one domino after another, into a weekly routine dominated by days on end of chem-fuelled sex.
The study is based on ethnographic immersion on two gay dating sites and 25 in-depth interviews with gay men who use drugs in Paris and Lyon. Treatment especially for cancer using radiation, also known as radiation therapy. A serodiscordant couple is one in which one partner has HIV and the other has not. Many people dislike this word as it implies disagreement or conflict. Alternative terms include mixed status, magnetic or serodifferent. Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use including safer use, managed use and abstinence. It is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.