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Chemsex: origins of the word, a history of the phenomenon and a respect to the culture

David Stuart (Department of Genitourinary Medicine/HIV, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 25 January 2019

Issue publication date: 21 February 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the origins, use and meaning of the term “chemsex”.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach used here is one born of personal experiences and reflection.

Findings

The term chemsex has a definition and a purpose that promotes culturally competent care for a marginalized group of vulnerable people.

Research limitations/implications

This is a qualitative, personal, point-of-view piece which may be of value in broadening understandings and responses amongst public health and academic activities.

Practical implications

The findings can be used to develop a sense of community and support amongst men who have sex with men in a chemsex setting, and to provide some background and context for professionals working in this field.

Originality/value

This paper is amongst the first, if not the first, of its nature to be published in an academic journal.

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Citation

Stuart, D. (2019), "Chemsex: origins of the word, a history of the phenomenon and a respect to the culture", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-10-2018-0058

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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