Msc Thesis - Healthcare experiences and barriers for MSM who engage in chemsex

Thesis by Mikail Tangerli

Chemsex refers to the use of drugs before or during sexual activity. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are a population in which chemsex engagement is prevalent. This poses risks of harm for mental and psychosocial health resulting in the use of healthcare services. This review aims to analyse the extent to which current prevention and harm reduction strategies concerning chemsex meet the healthcare needs of MSM who engage in chemsex in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

As the MSM community and especially MSM who engage in chemsex are quick to adapt to new drug trends, it is important to increase support system resilience for chemsex care. There is a need for training, in- terorganisational cooperation, and expertise sharing and awareness of quality chemsex services and information. Integrated chemsex care, rapid referral chains, and their evaluations are required to align provided care with healthcare preferences.

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