Chemsex/Slamsex and STIs: What are the Risks?

April 17, 2018
Veronica Hackethal, MD
Veronica Hackethal, MD

Results of this study suggest a combined epidemic of sexual ill-health, drug use harms, and mental illness among HIV-positive MSM who engage in slamsex and chemsex.

STIs and new HIV diagnoses have increased markedly in the UK in recent years, and men who have sex with men are the most heavily affected. What do chemsex and slamsex have to do with this trend? 

References:

1. González-Baeza A, Dolengevich-Segal H, Pérez-Valero I, et al. Sexualized Drug Use (Chemsex) Is Associated with High-Risk Sexual Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections in HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex with Men: Data from the U-SEX GESIDA 9416 Study. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2018 Mar;32(3):112-118. doi: 10.1089/apc.2017.0263.