What is Chemsex?
Chemsex can simply be defined as sexual activity mostly between men while under the influence of drugs, often taking place with one or multiple sexual partners.
The 3 main drugs associated with chemsex are:
- Crystal Meth - a psychologically addictive, strong amphetamine stimulant
- Mephedrone - a psychologically addictive, powerful stimulant
- GHB/GBL (more commonly known as G) - a physically addictive, corrosive, liquid depressant
Other drugs such as Cocaine, Ketamine, Ecstasy etc. might also play a role in chemsex.
Impact of Chemsex Drugs
Engaging in chemsex can be managed by some. This can mean that there is minimal impact on an individual’s general wellbeing, work, relationships with partners, friends, and family.
For others it can prove problematic, and individuals may experience:
- impaired decision making
- it dominates social life and free time
- can lead to chaotic sexual encounters
- sexual boundaries are often crossed while high
- issues around sexual consent
- impact on sexual health: Hep C, HIV, as well as other STI’s
- behaviours associated with addiction
- impact on mental health
- health issues associated with injecting drugs
- being vulnerable to mental and physical harm by others
- unmanageable comedowns
- suicidal ideation
- an impact on work performance
- a breakdown of personal relationships
Worst case realities of Chemsex can be:
- long term mental health issues
- police involvement and criminal prosecution
- overdose and death