Chemsex: origins of the word, a history of the phenomenon and a respect to the culture

Journal article citation:
Drugs and Alcohol Today, 19(1), 2019, pp.3-10.

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the origins, use and meaning of the term “chemsex”. Design/methodology/approach: The approach used here is one born of personal experiences and reflection. Findings: The term chemsex has a definition and a purpose that promotes culturally competent care for a marginalized group of vulnerable people. Research limitations/implications: This is a qualitative, personal, point-of-view piece which may be of value in broadening understandings and responses amongst public health and academic activities. Practical implications: The findings can be used to develop a sense of community and support amongst men who have sex with men in a chemsex setting, and to provide some background and context for professionals working in this field. Originality/value: This paper is amongst the first, if not the first, of its nature to be published in an academic journal. (Publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
stigma, drug misuse, LGBT people, gay men, sexual behaviour, traumas, sexuality, vulnerable adults;
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