Chemsex tips

  • Get screened for STIs regularly including HIV and hepatitis C
  • Don’t let someone else inject you
  • Play with someone you trust if possible, as your judgment can be dramatically impaired on chems
  • Establish a set of boundaries while sober about what you are not prepared to do sexually and with chems, that you can refer to later when high
  • Don’t play for too long – paranoia and hallucinations can be common on your second day awake
  • Do not share needles, or other injecting equipment. Clean needles can be obtained from Dean Street at any of the walk-in times. If you aren’t aware of all safer injecting practices please speak to a drugs advisor in-clinic chemsex puts you at higher risk of infections. If you’re HIV negative, and concerned about any HIV risks during a chemsex episode, speak to us about PEP, a medicine which can help protect you from becoming infected if taken within 72 hours of the possible exposure
  • If you’re looking to spend your evenings/weekends/spare time differently, have a browse through our list of alternative sporting, social and recreational activities, specifically for gay men
  • Don’t play too regularly if you want to avoid depression, weight loss and psychological dependence. Pepper your sex life with some sober sex, some dating and plenty of non-sexual recreation and intimacy


For some information about specific drugs, or specific sex practices, click here


To view some short chemsex support films, click here.


To try our interactive chemsex support tool, click here.