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Very high levels of chemsex and ‘slamsex’ seen in HIV-positive men attending English/Welsh HIV clinics
Gus Cairns, 2016-02-24 23:40:00

A survey of HIV-positive patients attending 30 HIV clinics in England and Wales, presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016), has found that nearly a third (29%) of gay male patients reported engaging in ‘chemsex’ (defined by the researchers as “the use of drugs to increase disinhibition and arousal”) in the past year and that one in ten reported ‘slamsex’ (injecting – or being injected with – the drugs).

Figures were higher for some subgroups: 37% of Londoners reported chemsex and nearly one in five (19%) of men on antiretroviral therapy (ART) reported slamsex.