There’s support available for Chemsex users at the Birmingham LGBT Centre. Are you looking to make a change in 2019?
The party season’s over and it’s time to make some New Year resolutions for 2019. Many of us will have heard about Chemsex, maybe indulged in it ourselves or perhaps know(n) someone who has.
Chemsex isn’t just having sexual encounters while under the influence of recreational drugs after a night out; it’s a planned (organised) meet-up involving the ‘unholy trinity’ of drugs: Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth), Mephedrone (Mkat) and Gammahydroxybutrate (GHB).
In the short term, these drugs may offer escapism and freedom from the stresses and strains of life, but they can have a detrimental effect further down the line. If Chemsex is something that’s affected you, Birmingham LGBT runs a service that can provide help and support.
CHEMFIDENTIAL is offered by Birmingham LGBT in partnership with Umbrella. The service provides a safe, confidential and judgement-free space for clients to talk about their sexual health and chem use, employ harm-reduction strategies and build support plans to navigate through their desired changes.
The service provides: PrEP advice, monitoring and support; useful guidelines about consent and setting boundaries; information about different approaches to safer sex; access to one-to-one support and easy access to other professional support from partner organisations; access to ‘safer Chemsex’ packs; awareness of chems and their effects; and guidance regarding what to do in an emergency.
Gay & bisexual men accessing mainstream drug and alcohol services are very underrepresented, and often wouldn’t consider themselves to be drug users/addicts. They present more often at sexual health services, but may still require specialist help and support to understand the complexities involved with Chemsex.
More information can be found at blgbt.org/services/sexual-health/specialist-services/chemsex-support
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