"No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."
23 August 2016 | The Guardian
We especially welcome the survey findings as they include all-too rare data about the role of alcohol and drugs. Our work in our Antidote LGBT drug and alcohol service has been dominated by responding to chemsex needs in the past few years, but it’s been difficult to get a perspective on how widespread a problem it actually is. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us some answers.
28 June 2016 | London Friend
Thinking of HIV prevention only one topic at a time - like chemsex or PrEP - impedes our ability to provide education across the wide range of needs in the community. Looking for singular solutions has not got us ahead of the curve on HIV infections among men having sex with each other. It is a complex multifaceted problem that requires sustained systemic change in a wide range of social institutions.
21 June 2016 | The Conversation
A small pilot study published in JAIDS has shown that a drug called naltrexone helps men who are interested in cutting back use less often, and may help reduce cravings for both meth and alcohol when taken on an as-needed basis.
27 May 2016 | BETA blog
PICTURE this scenario: you walk into a room filled with a bunch of naked people. You’re all about to voluntarily have sex. But one of them has an incurable sexually-transmitted infection. You don’t know who that person is. And you’re strictly not allowed to use a condom. Makes for a crazy story, right? Over the past week, reports have emerged of this supposed rising new trend called ‘Sex Roulette’ parties.
25 May 2016 | news.com.au
The European ChemSex Forum was held 6-8 April 2016 in London, UK and was a preliminary intelligence gathering and networking event aiming to provide a platform to engage in international, cross-sector, multi-disciplinary dialogue and discussions around ChemSex.
11 May 2016 | EATG
Since last year’s release of Chemsex, described by the Guardian as a “scary but valuable documentary”, the drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated debate, both within the gay community and in the national press. But “chemsex” is not receiving the depth of critical analysis it badly needs.
14 April 2016 | The Conversation
“There’s been a lot of focus on chemsex in recent years, but it’s likely that the drug which has most contributed to people not staying as safe sexually as they intend to is alcohol,” says GMFA’s Matthew Hodson, “just because alcohol use is so prevalent among gay men, much more so than chems.”
08 April 2016 | FS
Interviews with barrister Henry Hendron who woke up to find Miguel Jimenez dead beside him, in his flat in London, as well as Dr Iain Reeves of Homerton University Hospital and Matthew Hodson of GMFA.
08 April 2016 | BBC Radio 4 (audio)
In recent years, crystal meth has made a comeback in the gay community. Meth offers cheap and quick dopamine to those in need of a feel-good fix.
06 April 2016 | Poz