The European ChemSex Forum is a preliminary intelligence gathering and networking event that will provide a platform to engage in international, cross-sector, multi-disciplinary dialogue and discussions around ChemSex – defined by the use of specific drugs ("Chems") in a sexual context.
Data from recent studies showing that ChemSex could be a contributory factor to HIV in gay men has been complemented by reports from sexual health and drug practitioners in many European countries, indicating a rise in the use of drugs associated with ChemSex, and an increase in the number of men presenting at sexual health and drug services with problematic experience of drug use. As well as the very obvious public health concern of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections, ChemSex is associated with overdoses, suicides, addiction, psychosis/poor mental health, as well as influencing concepts of sexual and cultural identity and wellbeing.
The focus of the Forum will be to identify the key trends across Europe and, by sharing good practice and examples of effective community responses, provide some of the developing answers to ensure the sexual health and well being of gay men and other men who have sex with men.
The Forum will take place over three days, starting with a training day for up to 65 frontline staff from the WHO European region, including Central Asia, and followed by two days of presentations and discussions for up to 200 participants.
The Forum will include presentations, panels, debates and poster displays allowing participants to engage in rigorous information exchange. The community and services response will be highlighted with the screening of ChemSex videos, a photographic exhibition and community and service information stands. Evening events, demonstrating the London and UK response to ChemSex, will take place over three evenings.
Who should attend?
Attendance at the meeting is free of charge. Places are limited, however, so registration does not automatically guarantee a place as the organizers are aiming to achieve a wide spread of both geographical and speciality representation at the meeting. Applicants will be notified after 29 February if they have been allocated a place.
|Registration to attend the Forum is now CLOSED.|