‘Chemsex Guide’ To Curb Overdoses Among MSM

Chemsex

A network of health advocacy groups has come up with a draft guideline to help educate men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender individuals on what to do in the case of an accidental drug overdose during sex.

Nikorn Chimkong, of the HIV Foundation, in his capacity as the coordinating chair of the network, which comprises the Bangrak Health Care Centre, HIV Foundation and the Aids Healthcare Foundation, said chemsex — the use of drugs such as methamphetamine, mephedrone and/or sedatives during sex — is becoming more common among target groups as a result of a lack of education on safe sexual behaviour.

The Chemsex first aid manual will provide MSM and transgender individuals with the information they need to remain safe during sex when drugs are involved, such as how to provide first aid in the case of an overdose, and how and when to seek help.

The manual will be a translation of “Chemsex First Aid” by David Stuart, whose booklet covers general first aid measures to take in chemsex-related emergencies.

The Thai version will be overseen by local experts in various sectors such as the Office of Narcotics Control Board, Office of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Division of AIDS and Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and Department of Disease Control to localise the information for Thais, he said.

While the booklet is aimed at MSM and transgender individuals, it can also benefit persons of all genders, he said.

The manual will not encourage people to use drugs, said Sgt Shaowpicha Techo, a psychologist from the 41st Bangkok Health Centre (Klong Toey).

Instead, it will help drug users to take good care of themselves, he said. The first aid manual will be launched this month.