Chemsex which is the use of stimulants and other drugs combined with high-risk sexual behavior has reached a crisis among the black gay community. Studies have shown us that because of stigma, shame, isolation, and various other issues related to black gay men, many find comfort and acceptance in the chemsex and crystal meth-using circles. With black gay men, already bearing the burden of HIV, meth use can be additionally devastating to a community of people that are already struggling to find culturally competent and effective resources. Substance use treatment services addressing the specific needs of black gay men that engage in chemsex activities is extremely limited and for many unattainable.
This session will bring much needed information to service providers and health departments struggling in this area and provide information on how to be prepared for this hidden epidemic locally. This session will explore this phenomenon in both clinical and deeply personal terms. By bringing awareness to this subject, we can begin to shift attention to this epidemic and begin to collectively meet needs of an overlooked community, struggling with the this national hidden crisis.