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20:43 | 25th September 2017

News: UK

Mon 31 Mar, 2014
By Robert Ingham


A vulnerable section of society is using new drugs in new ways that is putting them at serious risk

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A growing 'Chemsex' trend of mixing sex with drugs such as crystal meth could spark rising rates of HIV in gay and bisexual men in London, a study has warned.

The report, commissioned by three south London boroughs with large gay populations, found that men are mixing gay sex with drugs such as GHB and mephedrone.

Health experts say the combination could be a key reason for rising HIV and sexually transmitted infection rates among gay men.

The study, by experts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was commissioned by Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, which have some of the highest HIV rates in the UK.



Lead author Dr Adam Bourne said: "A vulnerable section of society is using new drugs in new ways that is putting them at serious risk.

“Although our study shows that chemsex is uncommon overall, there is a need for specialist support for men who have sex under the influence of these drugs.

“Gay and bisexual men need better information and advice as well as access to gay-friendly drug and sexual health services that are able to address the psychosocial aspects of chemsex."

Around a third of the men surveyed admitted having unprotected sex while on drugs and said they found it more difficult to control their behaviour.

Chemsex can contribute to panic attacks, overdosing and sexual assaults, experts have said.

Source: Evening Standard

To read more, go to: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/chemsex-trend-linked-to-rising-sti-rates-in-south-london-9225447.html

 

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