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The European ChemSex Forum is a preliminary intelligence gathering and networking event to begin an international, cross-sector, multi-disciplinary dialogue.
Training Day
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 10.00 - 16.00
(For up to 65 participants. Please state your interest on registration form.)
09.30 - 10.00 Registration
Council Chamber, Congress Centre, 5th floor
10.00 - 16.00 Training day

This pre-Forum training day will address ChemSex contexts/motivations, risk assessments, harm reduction information, HIV/HCV/STI implications and will support attendees to develop appropriate support services and psychosocial interventions.

Training provided by UK contributors: 56 Dean Street, London Friend, St George’s Hospital, Turning Point UK and the After Party service.

18.00 - 21.30 Forum opening night:

The ChemSex Monologues 19.00 - 20.15
A series of short dramatic monologues reflecting different characters involved with the ChemSex scene.

Written by playwright Patrick Cash (The Clinic, Queers),

Directed by Luke Davies

Featuring a cast of talented local London performers.

Council Chamber, Congress Centre, 5th floor
Cash bar

Data/Evidence Day
Thursday 7 April 2016, 10.00 - 17.30
09.00 - 10.00 Registration and poster review
Congress Centre
10.00 - 10.30 Welcome
  Bryan Teixeira, Meeting Chair, France;
James Beckett, Chelsea and Westminster General Manager for HIV / GUM, Pathology and Dermatology and 56 Dean Street, UK
Matthew Hodson, GMFA, UK
Ben Collins, ReShape, UK
10.30 - 11.00 The ChemSex challenge: Overview of London / UK experience
  David Stuart, Forum Chair, 56 Dean Street, UK
11.00 - 11.30 Towards a ChemSex map: Overview of data and evidence
  Adam Bourne, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
11.30 - 12.00 Break
12.00 - 12.45 ChemSex across Europe: What's known and what's not?
  Axel J. Schmidt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland
Niels Graf and Anna Dichtl, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
12.45 - 13.15 Plenary discussion with opening speakers and panellists
  Chair: Bryan Teixeira
13.15 - 14.00 Lunch and poster review
14.00 - 14.30 "Oh those boys": An historical perspective on sex and drugs in gay men's lives
  Leon Knoops, Mainline, The Netherlands
Bernard Kelly,
Courtyard Clinic, St George's University Hospital, UK
14.30 - 15.15 Clinical research perspectives:
  1. The brain and addiction
  Phillipe Batel, Clinique Montevideo, France
  2. Co-infection linkages
  Christoph Boesecke, University of Bonn, Germany
  3. Underlying psychosexual issues
  Dominic Davies, Pink Therapy, UK
15.15 - 15.45 Plenary discussion with previous panellists
  Chair: Bryan Teixeira
15.45 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 16.45 Effective interventions – the UK experience:
  1. Sexual health interventions: prescribing / screening / risk assessments
  Joe Phillips, 56 Dean Street, UK
  2. PrEP and ChemSex: Looking forward…
  Sheena McCormack, Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit, University College London; 56 Dean Street Sexual Health Clinic, UK
  3. Psychosocial intervention: care pathways / referrals
  Owen Bowden-Jones, CNWL Club Drug Clinic, UK
16.45 - 17.15 Plenary discussion with previous panellists
  Chair: David Stuart
17.15 - 17.30 Summary of the Day
  Chair: Bryan Teixeira
17.30 - 18.30 Break
18.30 - 21.30 Let's Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs
A London community response to ChemSex
Community Mobilisation Day
Friday 8 April 2016, 10.00 - 17.00
09.00 - 10.00 Registration and poster review
Congress Centre
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome to a different kind of day
  David Stuart and Bryan Teixeira
10.15 - 10.50 Panel with discussion: Personal journeys of people who engage in ChemSex
  Artyom Hovhannisyan, Armenia
Siegfried Schwarze, Projekt Information, EATG, Germany
Enrique Moscoso, Spain and UK
10.50 - 11.20 Consent and Responsibility – a UK perspective
  Catherine Bewley, Galop, UK
Monty Moncrieff, London Friend, UK
11.20 - 11.45 Break
11.45 - 12.30 Behaviour change and counselling services for ChemSex: The two stages of psychosocial intervention: key working and therapy
  1. Early intervention considerations
  Jamie Willis, [email protected] Friend, UK
  2. ChemSex and therapy
  Katie Evans, AfterParty, UK
12.30 - 13.00 Plenary discussion with previous panellists
  Chair: Bryan Teixeira
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and poster review
14.00 - 15.30 Community (non-clinical) responses
  Policy, messaging, safe spaces, wellbeing, etc.

Michelle Thornber-Dunwell, UK
Cliff Joannou, Attitude Magazine, UK
Yusef Azad, National AIDS Trust, UK
Peter Darney, writer / director "5 Guys Chillin", UK
Ben Collins, ReShape, UK

15.30 - 15.45 Break
15.45 - 16.15 Next steps after the Forum
  Developing a network; identifying key resources and future research priorities; links to maintain communication

Open discussion with David Stuart, Matthew Hodson and Ben Collins
Facilitated by Bryan Teixeira

16.15 - 16.45 Priorities for a future Forum
  Open discussion with David Stuart and Adam Bourne
Facilitated by Bryan Teixeira
16.45 - 17.00 Summary of the Day
  Bryan Teixeira
17.00 - 19.00 Break
19.00 - 21.30

Film showing:

G O'clock Mitchell Marion UK

Let's Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs Leon Lopez UK

ChemSex a documentary film by VICE

Congress Centre

After film panel discussion: The impacts of ChemSex on our communities

Stewart Who? Writer / Editor /DJ UK
David Stuart
Matt Spike, ChemSex photography exhibitor, and protagonist in ChemSex documentary, UK
Mitchell Marion, Director, G O'clock, UK
Leon Lopez, Director, Let's Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs


Please visit the Visuals and Relaxation Room in the Congress Suites, adjacent to the main meeting room, to see ChemSex videos and a photo exhibit by Matt Spike Thursday and Friday.



  • A compilation os short films all addressing various issues to do with ChemSex.


  • ChemSex photography, Matt Spike, UK
  Organised by:    
  56 Dean Street logo GMFA logo Reshape logo IHP logo Professional Briefings logo
  Supported by:    
  Gilead logo Gilead logo abbvie logo AIDESPLUS logo
  Endorsed by:      
  ETAGl logo HIV in Europe Aids Action Europe  




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