This is a workshop hosted by iCAAD and people within the LGBTQ community in Sweden. To come you must be registered for iCAAD Stockholm 2019 and will then be entitled to a free place on this Chemsex Workshop.
"Chemsex and the pursuit of gay pleasure is killing a gay man each month in all the cities that host big gay communities around the world." - David Stuart
In Sweden, Chemsex is typically characterised as the combining of Crystal Meth and GHB (often combined with other drugs such as Ketamin, MDMA and Cocaine) used in sexual situations specifically by men who have sex with other men - MSM. It is also linked to strongly to “gay online hook-up culture” which can include apps like Grindr, Scruff, Zoom and so on.
The evolution of these apps from Gaydar and Manhunt in the early 2000s to smart phone apps current day have become a catalyst to the using of “chems” and their combining with sexual activity amongst the gay population. A unique and specific culture has evolved which now poses a serious threat to the physical, mental, social and sexual wellbeing of the gay community.
Men seeking help for ChemSex are not seeking support with a drug problem or an "addiction" issue; mostly they are seeking resolution to the sexual health consequences of their drug use.
Those presenting for help with the actual ChemSex behaviour, are identifying issues around:
This is not only a drug problem, but a gay sex problem.
To reduce the harms of ChemSex, means to develop a robust understanding of what we want our sex and romantic lives to be. We need to set goals and boundaries around that - and having the awareness and communication skills to pursue these goals/protect those boundaries.
It is important that sexual health clinics and gay community organisations provide services that go beyond simple testing and prescribing of medicine.
In working with men engaging in Chemsex our work should be to address those harms not make generalisations about drug use or sexual behavior.
At this seminar we want to focus on the affective aspects of services and approaches trying to help men recover from Chemsex.
What is needed by services trying to help men engaging in chemsex:
These topics will also be covered in the discussion…
Disconnected sex - better sex through richer emotional connections
Community members to be nice to each other KINDNESS
Loneliness and boredom
Body image issues
Purpose versus desperation and disillusionment
Greater self care
Be caring of one another