Chemsex: origins of the word, a history of the phenomenon and a respect to the culture
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to clarify the origins, use and meaning of the term “chemsex”. Design/methodology/approach: The approach used here is one born of personal experiences and reflection. Findings: The term chemsex has a definition and a purpose that promotes culturally competent care for a marginalized group of vulnerable people. Research limitations/implications: This is a qualitative, personal, point-of-view piece which may be of value in broadening understandings and responses amongst public health and academic activities. Practical implications: The findings can be used to develop a sense of community and support amongst men who have sex with men in a chemsex setting, and to provide some background and context for professionals working in this field. Originality/value: This paper is amongst the first, if not the first, of its nature to be published in an academic journal.