Online version available

Our “Introduction to Chemsex” training day does what it says on the tin and is ideal for those wishing to gain a better understanding of the subject, related issues, and potential implications for services. The day has been running successfully since 2017 including an online version devised as a result of COVID-19 lockdown(s).

Who is it for?

This accessible training day is designed for staff and workers from drug and alcohol, sexual health, and health promotion services; commissioning, CCGs, GPs, LGBT organisations and local government; and works more effectively if participants reflect these organisations.

Core learning objectives (which we are pleased to adapt)

  • An understanding of the terms ‘chemsex’, ‘slamming’, ‘bareback’, ‘PEP’ and ‘PrEP’ and how they interconnect
  • An understanding of chemsex and its evolution among gay men within a cultural and historical context
  • An overview of prevalence and potential future trends
  • An understanding of the challenges for harm reduction and abstinence (sober sex) strategies for gay men
  • An overview of treatment services and challenges facing the development of chemsex services
  • An understanding of how a chemsex service might be integrated into a mainstream drug service
  • An understanding of the need for drug and alcohol treatment services to better meet the needs of LGBT people

How is the day comprised?

Presentations, group exercises, discussion, Q&A and short films. The material is underpinned by our gay men’s health and well-being website MENRUS.CO.UK which includes a comprehensive section on drug use, harm reduction, and chemsex.


Afterwards, participants are provided with a PDF resources handout from the day and printed copies of our “Safer Chemsex”, “Safer Hook-Up”, “Rights on Arrest” and “HIV/ HCV/ STI Risk-O-Meter” booklets/ leaflets. We actively encourage participants to contact GMHC should there be any afterthoughts or questions. We are also pleased to recommend colleagues and peers for more advanced in-depth training and learning.

What participants say*

  • “I am leaving with many ideas and the realisation that we have much to do in adapting our provision to meet specific needs. I understand now why the LGBTQ community are not present in our service as they could be.”
  • “The trainers were very passionate and knowledgeable and keen to engage with us.”
  • “This was exceptional training, and really helped me start to focus on what we need to do in our service.”
  • “Really liked the flow … and the candour of the presenters/ trainers.”
  • “It’s been a really well run and informative session. Very well balanced between good training and being relaxed. thank you.”

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* Evaluation from 2020-21 training days (anonymised), available on request.