A report back on Magdalena Rosinka and Tristian Barber's session CHEMSEX: East and West.
On the first morning of EACS 19, as part of the EACS pre-educational course, I attended a fascinating presentation on Chemsex: East and West, which also discussed HIV prevalence and PrEP. The session was in two parts and Magdalena Rosinka presented on Eastern Europe, and Tristan Barber on Western Europe.
The prevalence of chemsex and the drugs used varied some-what between the two areas, but were consistently higher in large urban centers, which is not that different from Australia. The main difference compared to Australia is that we don’t have the high prevalence of mephedrone, as they do in Europe, which is probably a blessing.