Chemsex, a new high-risk sexual trend

It started in England under the banner of underground culture, has toured open concerts in Central Europe and is now coming to Spain, a fad that causes outrage among young people and amazement among health authorities.

The “chemsex”, derived from the English terms chemical and sex, Is a socio-cultural phenomenon which began to spread throughout the UK a few years ago. The couple’s medical experts and psychologists warn of the potential danger this dangerous game could escalate in society.

    What exactly is chemsex?

    Chemsex is not just about having intentional or consensual sex with another person, but it is a widespread sexual behavior involving synthetic drugs that alter behavior under its effects.

    Typically but not exclusively, it caters to the gay community or also known as LGBT, where men date other men through flirting tech apps such as Grinder. However, the genre is also becoming popular among heterosexuals.

    The type of narcotics involved in this dangerous game of Russian roulette is also a worrying fact.. These are not simple psychoactive drugs that allow more and more lasting sexual activityl, but allow extreme levels of disinhibition.

    Some of the products consumed during chemsex parties are: mephedrone, methamphetamine glass, hydroxybutyrate and butyrolactone. The peculiarity comes in the process of its consumption, combining them all to cause a state of ecstasy that can last for several days in a row and without sleep.

    So, these drugs are the essence that gives way to disproportionate and lasting orgiesIncreasing physical danger, not only from the levels of drugs consumed and injuring the body, but also by the increased likelihood of contracting sexual infections.

    What are the causes that fuel the phenomenon?

    Chemsex has a psychological explanation, like most social trends and attitudes. And has collected several qualitative studies conducted by experts in the field, say in most cases, participants show low self-esteem and low self-confidence.

    That is, they have little ability to relate to those people who are physically attracted to them and don’t know how to handle a flirting situation, so they go to a large-scale event so as not to feel so shy.

    Psychological effects

    In some British media such as the British Medical Journal, a prestigious portal in the health sector, explain the psychological effects of ingesting this type of drug which are exceptional.

    Glass and mephedrone, essential to keep up with the rhythm imposed by chemsex, accelerate the heart rate resulting in a feeling of euphoria and sexual attraction, while hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a powerful disinhibitor and, in addition, analgesic .

    This way, the concerns that arise from the celebration of such festivities are both psychological and physical. In the mind, glass can lead to terrible addiction, losing all sense of reality and time.

    physiological effects

    While it may seem obvious, it is important to stress the physical effects of implementing chemsex. The consumption of GHB provides energy that allows an individual to stay awake for 76 consecutive hours without ingesting food or water, which has devastating effects on the human body.

    Therefore, due to the physiological dependence that is created, it allows the worsening of sentimental relationships with the respective partners, as it makes the relationship based exclusively on sexual desire at all times.

    Last but not least, chemsex is the ideal setting for the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis C or AIDS, Since the participating members ensure that the exchange of couples is up to 6 in one night and the protective measures are the tonic.

    How to prevent chemsex?

    Unfortunately, medical experts from centers as important as the Clínic de Barcelona or the Rey Joan Carles hospital in Madrid claim that it is difficult to control the phenomenon due to its nature and the way it is brought together.

    Participants are cited via apps with the mobile device or in private groups on social networks such as Facebook or Telegram. In addition, the venues for these parties are usually not public and are located in private homes or private clubs, making their surveillance difficult.

    However, and thanks to the dissemination and denunciation of the media, the relevant authorities have plans in place to disseminate the dangers posed by chemsex, With educational awareness programs, documentaries that talk about this trend, or even the organization of assistance programs for participants who have suffered the consequences.

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