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109618 - Sexualised drug use in men who have sex with men (MSM)

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Developed out of growing concern about sexualised drug use in MSM, this activity aims to provide education to healthcare professionals in managing issues of sexual health, mental health and substance use

Relevance to General Practice

Sexualised drug use is a growing problem in Australia and around the world. The term ChemSex is often used to describe this behaviour and can be defined as the use of specific drugs ("Chems") in a sexual context by men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people and any other population disproportionately affected by HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections. Drugs used in this context include crystal methamphetamine and GHB/GBL, alone or in combination; others include ketamine, cocaine, amyl, alcohol and PDE5 inhibitors. Survey results suggest that about 20% of gay and homosexually active men in Melbourne and Sydney use party drugs for sex. Healthcare professionals, even those who work in a sexual health practice, are generally not well equipped to manage patients who engage in ChemSex. A framework on how to support these patients is required to assist healthcare professionals who work in this field.

Learning outcomes
  • Practise taking a non-judgemental history that allows an individual to feel comfortable disclosing sexualised drug use.
  • Apply motivational interviewing and provide resources and support to those who are interested in behavioural change.
  • Identify when an individual participating in ChemSex may need referral for more intensive or specialist support (patient safety outcome).
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    109618 - Sexualised drug use in men who have sex with men (MSM)
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