For Radio 4’s The Report, Mobeen Azhar investigates what’s become known as ‘chemsex’ and the increasingly visible trend for drug-fuelled sex parties on London’s gay scene. It’s a scene where unsafe sex is common and has been cited as a contributing factor in the rising number of HIV infections in London, posing new challenges to those trying to promote the safe sex message.
Such parties are fuelled by technology and smartphone dating apps, which have triggered a social shift where men have moved out of bars and clubs and into private homes – out of reach to sexual health and drug advice services.

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