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Published articles, reports, studies and news

We've pulled together a selection of published articles, reports, studies and news. It's not perfect or complete so please let us know if there's something you think we should include.


The drug GHB is killing gay men | BuzzFeed | 22 Jan 2019


Chemsex and PrEP reliance are fuelling a rise in syphilis among men who have sex with men | The Conversation | 28 Nov 2018
Overtones singer Timmy Matley died from balcony fall while on crystal meth | Gay Star News | 4 Oct 2018
Brian Paddick was one of Britain's most senior police officers. Now he's speaking out about his ex-boyfriend dying from a chemsex drug | Buzz Feed | 29 Sep 2018
The chemsex problem is now so bad that families of those involved can get help | BuzzFeed | 15 Aug 2018
Gay men having chemsex are five times more likely to have a new HIV diagnosis than other gay men | | 23 May 2018
Far more harms associated with crystal meth than other chemsex drugs | | 24 Apr 2018
Sharing solutions for a reasoned and evidence-based response: chemsex/party and play among gay and bisexual men | A Bourne, J Ong, M Pakianathan | 9 Apr 2018
Chemsex exemplifies much wider issues with drugs and sexual consent | The Conversation | 3 Apr 2018
Loneliness and community are key to chemsex | 2 Apr 2018
The dark side of chemsex: A high cost to pay for temporary relief | Gay Times | 1 Apr 2018
Dramatic shift in drug use trends caused by growth of formerly legal highs | Drs. Rob Ralphs, Paul Gray | 27 Feb 2018
Sex, drugs and research—review probes the world of 'chemsex' | Jason Ong | 6 Jul 2018
Why high rents and loneliness are driving chemsex in London | Gay Star News | 22 Feb 2018
Chemsex is an issue among gay men living with HIV in the UK, study reveals | Avert | 30 Jan 2018


Chemsex drugs and former legal highs targeted by Home Office | The Guardian | 14 Jul 2017
The Inside Story of London's Chemsex Scene | Vice | 12 Jun 2017
  An observed rise in g-hydroxybutyrate-associated deaths in London | Forensic Science International 270 (2017) 93-97 | Imperial College London | Jan 2017


Chemsex: why is gay sex causing straight panic? | João Florêncio | The Conversation | 12 Apr 2016
Gay sex survey: why preventing HIV means calling an end to finger pointing | Ford Hickson | The Conversation | 21 Jun 2016
Sex, drugs and self-control: why chemsex is fast becoming a public health concern | Alastair Macfarlane | FSRH Margaret Jackson Prize Essay | 30 Jun 2016


Chemsex and gay men: Has the issue been overblown? | Pink News | 7 Apr 2015
Examining consent to sex while high on drugs: ChemSex | Design Redefined | Mar 2015
Acute HCV infections observed among HIV-negative gay men in London | NAM Aidsmap | 10 Jun 2015
Sexual transmission of HCV is increasing among gay and bisexual men with HIV | NAM Aidsmap | 18 Sep 2015

Chemsex and care-planning: one year in practice | David Stuart and Johannes Weymann/ 56 Dean Street | HIV Nursing, 2015; 15

The rise of chemsex on London's gay scene | BBC News/ Radio 4 | 5 Jul 2015 | 10m33s


Experts warn of rise in gay ‘slamming’ | The Independent | 19 Jan 2014
Slings, slamming and Chemsex | Huff Post Lifestyle | 10 Feb 2014
Gay men warned on risks of 'chemsex' | The Guardian | 8 Apr 2014
Chemsex risks are not restricted just to gay men | The Guardian | 10 Apr 2014

The chemsex study | Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham | Sigma Research | Mar 2014
Recreational drug use, polydrug use, and sexual behaviour in HIV-diagnosed men who have sex with men in the UK: results from the cross-sectional ASTRA study | Marina Daskalopoulou et al | Lancet HV, Vol 1 | Oct 2014


High-risk drug practices tighten grip on London gay scene | Kirby, T,  Thornber-Dunwell, M | Lancet, Vol 381 |  Jan 2013
High-risk drug practices in men who have sex with men |  Victoria L Gilbart et al | Lancet, Correspondence, Vol 381 | Apr 2013
Sexualised drug use by MSM: background, current status and response | David Stuart/ Antidote | HIV Nursing | Spring 2013
New HIV diagnoses in London's gay men continue to soar | Kirby, T,  Thornber-Dunwell, M | Lancet, Vol 382 | Jul 2013
HIV, HCV, and drug use in men who have sex with men | Sean R Hosein, David P Wilson | The Lancet, Correspodence, Vol 382 | Sep 2013


Crystal methamphetamine: an intractable problem | Thorley, F | HIV Nursing | Sep 2010

Books and plays

Something for the weekend, James Wharton Something for the Weekend | James Wharton | Biteback Publishing | 2017
"When James Wharton leaves the army, he finds himself with more opportunities than most to begin a successful civilian life – he has a husband, two dogs, two cars, a nice house in the countryside and a book deal. A year later he finds himself single, living in a room and trying to adjust to single gay life back in the capital. In his search for new friends and potential lovers, he becomes sucked into London’s gay drug culture, soon becoming addicted to partying and the phenomenon that is ‘chemsex’. Exploring his own journey through this dark but popular world, James looks at the motivating factors that led him to the culture, as well as examining the paths taken by others. He reveals the real goings-on at the weekends for thousands of people after most have gone to bed, and how modern technology allows them to arrange, congregate, furnish themselves with drugs and spend hours, often days, behind closed curtains, with strangers and in states of heightened sexual desire. Something for the Weekend looks compassionately at a growing culture that’s now moved beyond London and established itself as more than a short-term craze.." Biteback Publishing

The Chemsex Monologues | Patrick Cash | Oberon Books | 2016
"A nameless narrator meets a sexy boy on a Vauxhall night out, who introduces him to G’s pleasures; a club night poster boy gets taken to Old Mother Meth’s place by a porn star; Fag Hag Cath is finding the chillouts have become more about the sex; Daniel is a sexual health worker who does community outreach in the saunas; and Rob’s snorting mephedrone off a framed photograph of his parents' 25th wedding anniversary." Oberon Books

5 Guys Chillin' | Peter Darney | Oberon Books | 2016
"A graphic, gripping, funny and frank verbatim drama exposing the chill-out chem-sex scene. “Wanna pair of shorts? Shot of G? Line of Meth?” From surgeons to students, couples to kink; guys that love it and lost guys longing to be loved. An original look into a drug-fuelled, hedonistic, highly secret world of Grindr, and instant gratification." Oberon Books

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