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Chemsex Support

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If you're doing chems or looking for support around chemsex, this section has information on how to stay safe and services we can offer to help.

Support

Chemfidential is Birmingham LGBT’s Chemsex support service which is designed to help you if you need support relating to chems or chemsex by helping you to better understand and explore issues to help you make the choices that are best for you. These may include:

PrEP monitoring, advice and support

FREE condoms, lube, gloves & dams

Consent and setting boundaries

Different approaches to safer sex

Direct referrals to CGL Drug & Alcohol service for:

Safer slamming (Injecting)

Awareness of Chems and possible detrimental effects

What to do in an emergency

Where to get equipment

The drop-in sessions are in partnership with CGL drug & alcohol services, in a safe LGBT friendly space.

Chemfidential is a drop in support service  combining the experience and knowledge of sexual health and substance use of Birmingham LGBT & Umbrellas sexual health services and CGL’s drug and alcohol services. The drop-in group will run twice a month and is designed specifically to help those engaged in chemSex to address questions, concerns or issues around their use of chems, their sexual health and well-being in an open, friendly, non-judgmental safe space.

Men 18+ from Birmingham and Solihull who identify as a gay, bi, trans-masculine or MSM (men who have sex with men). The drop-in is for people who want to look at ways they can take steps to ensure greater control and knowledge around their drug use and sex life.

Referral

You can refer yourself or be referred by a professional

When

Alternate Thursday mornings 9-12

Where

Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1 1EQ

Contact

The Sexual Health Team at Birmingham LGBT for further details on

0121 643 0821 or email sexualhealth@blgbt.org

blgbt.org/sexual-health

Birmingham LGBT sexual health services advocate ‘Best sex – least harm’.

We work with CGL to bring access to FREE safer Chemsex/injecting packs to those who require this.

Packs include sterile equipment and harm reduction information including details of online harm reduction resources and details of our Chemsex support services

Free safer Chemsex packs can be accessed by calling the sexual health team, who will arrange collection from the LGBT centre only. We are unable to post the packs.

Here to support you – Not to judge you.

See our other sections:

  • Our clinics
  • HIV Prevention and support
  • About STI’s

 

More about ChemSex

Crystal meth can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked. It makes people feel alert and lively. It can also make people feel agitated and paranoid. Crystal meth can cause raised heart rate and blood pressure which can lead to heart problems. There have also been reports of psychosis from taking methamphetamine and there is evidence of long-term mental health problems and brain damage.

Mephedrone is normally snorted like cocaine, but it can also be swallowed, smoked and injected. It makes people feel talkative, alert and confident. It can create feelings of euphoria. Those using it report feeling sick, anxious and paranoid and may vomit or get headaches. Other risks include hallucinations, insomnia, reduced appetite, dizziness and sweating.

GHB and GBL take the form of an oily liquid, or capsules, which are swallowed. They produce a feeling of euphoria, reduce people’s inhibitions and make people feel sleepy. Both drugs are very dangerous and can be fatal, especially when used with alcohol. It can be difficult to know how much of the drug you are taking so it is easy to overdose. Risks include coma, unconsciousness or death. Those taking it can also become helpless when taking the drug so are at risk of sexual assault.

When Crystal Meth and Meph are injected, a practice commonly known as known as “slamming”, there is an increased risk of injection-related infections and blood-borne infections like HIV and HCV.

Some precautions can be taken for participants to protect themselves These include:

  • Using safer injecting packs including lube and gloves
  • Never sharing needles
  • Keeping Informed about the drugs being taken and their likely after effects
  • Getting regularly tested for STIs, HIV and hepatitis C
  • If there has been a risk of having contracted HIV due to unsafe sex, asking a  clinic or any hospital for PEP straight away

Birmingham LGBT sexual health services advocate ‘Best sex – least harm’.

We work with CGL to bring access to FREE safer Chemsex/injecting packs to those who require this.

Packs include sterile equipment and harm reduction information including details of online harm reduction resources and details of our Chemsex support services

Free safer Chemsex packs can be accessed by calling the sexual health team, who will arrange collection from the LGBT centre only. We are unable to post the packs.

Here to support you – Not to judge you.

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sexualhealth@blgbt.org

0121 643 0821





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