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    Out Here Sexual Health to Host Town Hall on Chemsex in West Hollywood

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    Out Here Sexual Health will host a free town hall event in West Hollywood, Let’s Talk About Chemsex: A Conversation about meth, pleasure, sex work, and harm reduction, on Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Speakers will Timothy Zembek, Harm Reduction Program Manager, Being Alive, and Soma Snakeoil, Executive Director and Cofounder, The Sidewalk Project.

    The combination of using methamphetamines with sexual pleasure is a practice that is prevalent in the gay community. Often called PnP (party and play), this practice involves risks to an individual’s health, including STIs (including HIV) and overdoses. These overdoses can be fatal, especially as the rise of the fentanyl crisis has seen individuals mix methamphetamine and synthetic opioids. In LA County, approximately half of the total accidental overdose cases involved methamphetamine and fentanyl. The Town Hall Forum will ensure a non-judgmental, drug-forward, and sex-positive approach.

    The phrase chemsex was coined in the UK, where pharmacists are called chemists. Chemsex made headlines in the U.S. in 2016, when Henry Hendron, a 35-year old top London lawyer, was arrested after admitting that he supplied his 18-year-old Colombian boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, with a chemsex cocktail that triggered an overdose, which ended the young man’s life. Hendron received a mild sentence of 140 hours of community service for his part in Jimenez’s death. Critics attributed the light sentencing to white privilege.

    Chemsex is initiated at places like circuit parties, gay cruises, bathhouses, and through sex hook-up apps like Scruff and Grindr. The need for sleep or food is repressed during chemsex and sexual focus is heightened enabling longer, more extreme sex, often times with multiple partners.

    Chemsex can be dangerous and involves serious risks for an individual’s sexual health. Less fear of STIs, exposes users to STDs, including HIV. Chemsex can also lead to fatal drug-overdoses, especially if party drugs are laced with a dangerous dosage of fentanyl.

    The media is not invited to cover this event to ensure anonymity for those who share their stories and experiences and to secure a safe space for attendees.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]


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    12 days ago

    Being Alive and Sidewalk Project are both awesome community embedded resources. This looks great!

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