Global chemsex survey highlights depression, overdoses and even deaths

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By Tris Reid-Smith

Blued and Gay Star News have conducted the first global survey of LGBTI chemsex users

We’ve spent the last few weeks conducting the first global survey of people who engage in ‘chemsex’ – using drugs for sex.

Blued and Gay Star News worked together on the survey which saw 1,117 people from all around the world sharing their experiences.

We already knew, from anecdotal reports and experts, that more and more gay and bi guys are getting ‘high and horny’.

But we didn’t know much more. What’s really going on?

Our survey revealed:

  • Almost 1 in 4 (23%) who party and play know someone who died after a chillout.
  • Nearly two thirds (60%) experience anxiety or depression as a result of having chemsex.
  • 1 in 10 report being sexually assaulted in a chemsex environment.
  • 1 in 10 have gone to Accident and Emergency, an Emergency Room or needed urgent care because of the chems they’ve taken.
  • 23% have overdosed on chemsex drug ‘G’.
  • 3 in 10 who get high and horny, do it on their own with porn.
  • Over half (52%) say they take more risks with their sexual health when on chems.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For example, we found Londoners were taking more risks and were more likely to suffer the consequences of chems. If you want to know more and look at the results in detail, you can find them here.

Before publishing them, we shared our results with David Stuart, the chemsex lead at London’s sexual health clinic, 56 Dean Street. He’s a global expert on the phenomenon and helped make sure we were asking the right questions.

And he said he was ‘emotional’ at seeing the results.

‘These results are consistent with the stories I hear from gay communities I visit around the world.’

We are quite open about the fact our research isn’t 100% scientific. But we wanted to take a look at the human experience of taking part in chemsex. Blued and GSN wanted to get people talking about this and to empower everyone with information.

We believe stigmatising people does no good and everyone is entitled to have the sex they want. But we want people to be informed and to support them so they can stay safe.

The survey is only the start.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing many more personal stories, video interviews, expert opinion and breaking more news about the chemsex phenomenon.

You can visit our Chemsex homepage here.

It also contains basic information about ‘party and play’ drugs and advice on where to turn if you want to discuss your use of chems. Keep checking back as we’ll be adding more daily.

Towards the end of September, Blued and Gay Star News will be holding an event to discuss what we’ve learned, with experts and chemsex users. We’ll update the Chemsex homepage and this blog with the details soon.chemsex, chemsex use, high an

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