ChemSex support and advice

Published: 30 November 2023
Last updated: 11 December 2023
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Wondering what ChemSex is and how can you stay safe?

What is chemsex?

Chemsex involves using drugs and getting high while you are having sex. ChemSex is a term that is used when people are having sex, which involves using one or more of three specific drugs (chems) in any combination. People take part in ChemSex for a number of different reasons, some find it increases sexual stimulation, for other people it can reduce their inhibitions. ChemSex can take place in groups, and it can often last for days or over a weekend.

What drugs are considered chemsex?

The drugs usually associated with this are:

  • Crystal Meth (Tina)
  • Mephedrone (M-Cat)
  • GHB/GBL (G)

They are often taken together & with other drugs which increases risk.

Our definition of chemsex is expanding to include other drugs such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Ketamine
  • MDMA
  • Alcohol

Who has chemsex? 

Our understanding of who engages in ChemSex is expanding. Typically, ChemSex involves men who sleep with men.

What should i be aware of?

Mobile phone apps also play a part in chemsex as people search for drugs and for people to get high and have sex with.

People often get to a place where the “drugs take over” and sex with others is not a part of their use anymore.

What support is available?

For people in Manchester, we offer 1-2-1 sessions looking at:

  • triggers,
  • motivation,
  • setting individual goals
  • looking at ways to stay safe if using.  

There is also a strong LGBT Recovery community that offer peer support through groups and social activities. Groups include a monthly Chemsafe group which covers topics such as Sober Sex, Consent, Family & Friends and Online Safety.

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