CHEMSEX DISCUSSION PANEL AT THE BIOMEDICAL HIV PREVENTION SUMMIT
Chemsex: HIV, Meth and Opioid Use among Gay Men, the Trans Community, Older People Living with HIV, and Gay Men
“Chemsex,” the use of stimulants and other drugs combined with high-risk sexual behavior, has reached crisis proportions among older people living with HIV/AIDS and Black gay men. In this panel discussion, presenters will explore this phenomenon in both clinical and deeply personal terms. Stigma, shame, isolation, and issues related to aging itself, attract many gay and trans women and men living with HIV/AIDS to chemsex. In the case of Black gay men, already bearing the burden of HIV, meth and opioid use can be devastating to a community already struggling to find resources. By bringing awareness to this subject, we can begin to shift attention to meet the needs of an overlooked community.
Kenya Hutton, UCHAPS, Washington, DC
David Fawcett, Author “Lust, Men and Meth. A Gay Men Guide to Sex and Recovery,” Fort Lauderdale, FL
Anthony Freeman,New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Donald Powell, Exponents Inc., New York, NY
Perry Halkitis, Rutgers School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
The panel presentation slides are available here.