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Call for Papers

Exposing Chemsex: responding to recreational drug use in sexual settings among men who have sex with men

Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Adam Bourne (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society), Dr Mark Pakianathan (St George’s Hospital, London) and Dr Jason Ong (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre)

This Special Issue aims to collate the latest evidence-base focusing on understanding and responding to the use of drugs in sexual settings among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, which is often colloquially referred to as ‘chemsex’ or ‘party and play’.

Topics that will be covered include (but not are not exclusive to):

  • Relationship between recreational drugs and sexual behaviors
  • Consequences of ChemSex
  • Understanding addiction
  • Supporting individuals seeking help
  • Harm reduction strategies (showcasing current Chemsex support programs)
  • Legal/policy issues
  • Patient perspectives – ´the good, bad and ugly´ of ChemSex

We invite any research related to ChemSex to this Special Issue. If you have any questions related to the suitability of your paper, please contact Jason Ong.

Your paper should conform to the Author Instructions. Case reports may be up to 1500 words and review articles or original manuscripts can be up to 4000 words. If you are considering a longer article, please contact Jason Ong.

Submission deadline: 14 August 2017.

Please submit your complete manuscript online at Please select the Special Issue (ChemSex) from the drop-down list when submitting your paper online. If you are not registered with Sexual Health, you will need to register.

The Special Issue will be published in 2017 but papers will become accessible as ‘Online Early’ immediately following acceptance and production.

Sexual Health publishes original and significant contributions to the fields of sexual health including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmissible infections, issues of sexuality and relevant areas of reproductive health. The journal is directed towards those working in sexual health as clinicians, public health practitioners, researchers in behavioural, clinical, laboratory, public health or social, sciences.