Chemsex

Chemsex  Chemsex  R
William Fairman / Max Gogarty
UK / 2015 / Color / 83mins

BFI London Film Festival 2015
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016
Guadalajara International Film Festival 2016

A shorthand term made popular by gay men in recent years for the use of drugs (specifically crystal meth, GHB and mephedrone) in a sexual context, ‘chemsex’ has been seen by some as a significant contributing factor in the rise of HIV diagnoses in London. Often referring to group sex that can last several days, with one or more of the specified drugs used to free inhibition and enhance libido, the trend is argued to be fuelled by the growing use of online apps as a means of sexual hook ups.