Building on the 2016 European ChemSex Forum, a preliminary intelligence gathering and networking event, the 2nd European ChemSex Forum, the 22-24th March 2018, in Berlin, will call for concrete actions at the local level to provide strategic resources to ChemSex responders. Working together, we’ll develop a platform to engage in international, cross-sector, multi-disciplinary dialogue around ChemSex – defined by the use of specific drugs (« Chems ») in a sexual context – and facilitate coordinated responses to ChemSex issues in locales where ChemSex related harm is a problem, regardless of its size and impact.
Some clear guiding principles will inform the 2nd Forum:
- The Forum focus is on problematic ChemSex, not drug use and sex per se. Problematic ChemSex is defined, as such, by the individual in interaction with his peers and care providers.
- As a group the conference planners recognise that various harms related to ChemSex are occurring, including HIV, hepatitis and co-infections, STIs, drug overdoses, depressions, rapes, and deaths. Our work is to address those harms forthrightly, not make generalisations about drug use or sexual behaviour.
- The pre-Forum activities and the Forum programme will focus on 3 key work areas: therapeutic responses, team building and information gathering.