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Chemsex, also known as chems, is the use of drugs to intentionally facilitate longer sessions and increase pleasure in sex.

Chemsex can seem to be a boost to individual’s self-esteem and sex life, but comes with several risks including addiction, mental health problems and overdosing.

Chemsex is mostly associated with men who have sex with men, usually group sex, but is becoming more common in the wider LGBT+ community and people having heterosexual (straight) sex.

The three main drugs that are associated with chemsex are GHB/GBL, mephedrone and methamphetamine.

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