You will see here:
- Why people involved in Chemsex are so vulnerable to Coronavirus infection
- Why it's so alarming how this virus is affecting those who engage in Chemsex
- CORONAVIRUS AND SEX, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
- Who can you have sex with?
- What can you do sexually?
- When you need to skip sex?
- How can CONTROLLING CHEMSEX support you
1: WHY PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CHEMSEX ARE SO VULNERABLE TO CORONAVIRUS INFECTION
- Coronavirus spreads through droplets of bodily fluids – such as saliva or mucus – dispersed in the air or on surfaces via coughs or sneezes. People practising Chemsex usually share the same Tina pipe, the same cup to drink their dose of G, the same straw to snort drugs, and engage in high levels of sexual activity involving sharing possibly infected bodily fluids, often with many different partners, in a short period of time.
- Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19, and Crystal Meth and Mephedrone use increases the chances of pulmonary injury and a variety of effects on the lungs and respiratory system, which could make people who use these drugs more vulnerable to serious infection.
- Generally, coronavirus causes more severe symptoms in people with weaker immune systems; Chemsex often is associated with missing nights of sleep and not eating or drinking properly, and this could have a negative effect on the immune system, potentially making those who are participating in Chemsex regularly more vulnerable.
- People who engage in chemsex often prioritise their sexual urges and their need to use chems over fear of contracting or transmiting infections, practising social distancing or isolation practices or laws.
- Additionally, those who are into BDSM or more extreme sex and use Chems must remember that rubber, plastic and metal are also vectors for transmission of this virus.
2: WHY IT'S SO ALARMING HOW THIS SITUATION IS AFFECTING THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN CHEMSEX
- The majority of the services that provide Chemsex support have closed down, or the support that they provide has been reduced to minimum.
- Two of the most powerful reasons why people get involved in Chemsex are loneliness and boredom, and being forced to stay at home because of the Coronavirus crisis can deeply trigger these emotions and cause huge cravings that might lead to making wrong choices.
- Many people have lost their jobs because of the Coronavirus, or they are now working from home, which makes much easier for them to engage with Chemsex than when they had other commitments or they have to go to work.
- Some people who are isolated at home and have drugs are more vulnerable to start using them on their own, to try and manage challenging emotions such as depression, loneliness, boredom, fear, stress, etc.
- The temptation to break the quarantine is very powerful when they miss sex and/or drugs, which apart from their own risk of infection will involve many transmissions of COVID-19 that could be avoided (flatmates, colleagues, etc, being especially vulnerable those with previous medical conditions, elder ones, etc).
- People who are physically dependent on G might run out of this drug and find it difficult to get more from their dealers, placing them at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms with fewer resources than what is usually available because of the pandemic.
- People who have a medical emergency whilst using Chems (overdoses, psychosis, etc.) don’t have the same resources that are normally available (ambulances, A&E, etc.), and are therefore more vulnerable if something goes wrong.
3: CORONAVIRUS AND SEX, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a set of guidelines called 'Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19', providing some tips for how to enjoy sex and to avoid spreading COVID-19.
- The guidelines begin with a reminder of facts regarding how to COVID-19 coronavirus spreads:
- The virus can spread to people who are within about 2 meters of a person with COVID-19 when that person coughs or sneezes.
- The virus can spread through direct contact with their saliva or mucus.
- But there are some things that we still have to learn about COVID-19 and sex:
- COVID-19 has been found in faeces of people who are infected with the virus.
- COVID-19 has not yet been found in semen or vaginal fluid.
- We know that other Coronaviruses do not efficiently transmit through sex
Taking all the information that we have into consideration, WHO CAN YOU HAVE SEX WITH?
- You are your safest sex partner. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex.
- The next safest partner is someone you live with. Of course, have sex only with consenting partners.
- You should avoid close contact – including sex – with anyone outside your household. If you do have sex with others, have as few partners as possible.
- If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting or chat rooms may be options for you.
WHAT CAN YOU DO SEXUALLY?
- Kissing can easily pass COVID-19. Avoid kissing anyone who is not part of your small circle of close contacts.
- Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread COVID-19. Virus in faeces may enter your mouth.
- Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with saliva or faeces, especially during oral or anal sex.
- Washing up before and after sex is more important than ever.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Wash sex toys with soap and warm water.
- Disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others (for video chat, for watching pornography or for anything else).
WHEN YOU NEED TO SKIP SEX?
- If you or a partner may have COVID-19, avoid sex and especially kissing.
- If you start to feel unwell, you may be about to develop symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
- If you or your partner has a medical condition that can lead to more severe COVID-19, you may also want to skip sex.
- Medical conditions include lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system (for example, having unsuppressed HIV and a low CD4 count).
4: HOW CAN CONTROLLING CHEMSEX SUPPORT YOU
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