Harm reduction and gay men's HIV prevention could be considered two historic elements in our HIV response that have long stood separate from one another. Traditionally, HIV prevention with gay men focused on sexual risk, while harm reduction focused on risks associated with injection drug use. Both approaches have evolved over the decades and some might argue that safer sex is a form of harm reduction, but in the context of drug use, there has been little focus given to harm reduction in the context of gay men's sexual health.
PURPOSE: We examined the population demographics and club drugs used in gay circuit parties and estimated the reported unsafe sexual behavior associated with each drug, the reasons for attending circuit parties, and the unsafe sex associated with different reasons. METHODS: A brief questionnaire was provided to a nonrandom sample of party attendees covering demographics, drugs used, sexual activity, and reasons for attending gay circuit parties at three major North American parties in A total of usable questionnaires were obtained.
For example, statistics showing that a third of gay men use drugs also indicate that twice as many do not. Most of the focus of research into substance use in sexual minorities has been with gay men, largely because of concerns about HIV in the gay community. One source of the misinformation is research bias. Studies of drug use among gay men may recruit samples of men who are not representative of the full population of gay men, but instead, subpopulations of drug-using gay men.
As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay population—particularly in major metropolitan cities. In general, gay men report higher levels of drug and alcohol addiction than their straight counterparts.
Community pharmacists: Underutilized resources in the HIV care team. Some gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men gbMSM use drugs specifically to facilitate or enhance sexual encounters. This phenomenon is commonly called party and play PnP.
A surge in "chemsex" parties, where people spend days getting high on drugs and having sex with scores of partners, is re-fueling epidemics of HIV among gay men in European towns and cities, doctors say. Despite much higher risks of contracting the virus that causes AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections STIsusers search online "hook-up" apps like Grindr for tags such as "high and horny" or "party and play" to find others wanting drug-heightened and often anonymous and unprotected sex. The result, AIDS experts say, is that in cities across Europe, HIV is spreading rapidly among men who have sex with men — leading to concentrated epidemics in hard-to-reach groups.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare PHE Canberra: AIHW. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The documentary was partly based on a survey of 2, gay and bisexual men in Britain conducted earlier this year. It said more than one in four of the men surveyed reported being sexually assaulted after taking the drug, which rose in popularity on the gay club scene at the turn of the century. The show shines a spotlight on chemsex parties, where gay and bisexual men gather to take drugs and have sex.
Brian Paddick, the former deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, have spoken out movingly about the dangers of the chemsex drug, GHB. But what help is there to stop for people who get addicted to chemsex? The term chemsex also refers to the parties, often hosted by dealers of chemsex drugs, where men meet up to take drugs and have sex.