Working With ChemSex
The use of drugs to facilitate sex by gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (often referred to as “ChemSex”) has become a concerning Public Health issue, with HIV and Hepatitis C infections rising, and increasing numbers of men seeking help with issues around sexual well-being and drug use.
It can also be a challenging issue for therapists, drugs workers and sexual health workers;
understanding the motivations, behaviour, and context of use
the nature of online “hooking-up” sites to find sex partners and ChemSex parties
the inherent ambivalence associated with drug use
Challenges these clients may have around Sober Sex
trends toward condom-less sex and normalised drug use within the gay communities (and online)
Being aware of the harms, understanding referral pathways and intervention/therapeutic techniques as well as safer sex/drug use practicalities can sometimes be beyond the normal scope of our experience and training.
Attendees at this training day will have the opportunity to share good practice, as well as explore our own concerns about working confidently with this group. Learning Outcomes include;
- An overview of MSM sexual health
- An overview of the drugs used
- Greater awareness of the motivations, trends and context.
- An understanding of the referral pathways
- Motivational Interviewing skills, applied to drug use and risky sexual behaviour.
- Addressing the challenges, stigma and prejudices we may experience when working with this client group
- Developing a confidence to work effectively with these clients, toward better sexual well-being.
Training time is from 10am to 5pm.