Late Breaker Call for abstracts 

The 3rd European Chemsex Forum, Paris, 14-16 November 2019

We are now accepting Late Breaker Submissions until 2nd September 2019
The European Chemsex Forum welcomes proposals for workshops, posters and oral presentations.

The Forum offers two options for proposals: Option1 (Data & Evidence) and Option 2 (community mobilisation). Submissions could relate to, but are not limited to, the following:

Option 1: Data & Evidence Day.

  • Problematic chemsex in the context of MSMs, LGBTQ+ problematic substance use
  • Prevalence of sexualised drug use
  • Research on substances involved in sexual contexts, NPSs (new psychoactive substances) and drug-drug interactions
  • Association of sexualised drug use with HIV, HCV and STIs and impact on other health issues
  • Chemsex and psychosexual issues
  • Chemsex, MSMs and intersectionality with other key populations
  • PrEP and chemsex
  • Clinical sexual health interventions (screening, health assessments etc)
  • Integration of services (drug counselling, drug checking, sexual health, mental health and testing services)
  • Barriers to service provision
  • Data on efficacy of services
  • Non-problematic chemsex and harm reduction factors
  • Innovations in data collection, monitoring and evaluation
  • Research from the WHO European region, other than Western Europe
  • Other

Option 2: Community Mobilisation Day

  • Practical and effective community–based responses
  • Harm reduction responses (including abstinence) and risk management
  • Standards of care for chemsex clients in rehab centres, including follow-up aftercare
  • Responses in settings where support and harm reduction services are hard to access
  • Chemsex responses from the WHO European region other than Western Europe
  • Community participation in decision-making, cooperation between community organisations and healthcare systems
  • Community responses in homophobic environments
  • Lobbying for drug-checking services
  • Legal issues: chemsex-related crime, supportive/non-supportive policing etc.
  • Policy issues: helpful or harmful drug policies around chemsex and more broadly among MSMs, LBBTQ+ populations
  • Social and structural drivers of chemsex and contexts
  • The role of apps as facilitators of both chemsex and responding to it
  • Cost effective & affordable interventions
  • Being a chemsex responder
  • Other

Submissions must be relevant to a country or countries within the WHO European region, which includes Central Asian and the Caucasus countries.

To consider:

Please read the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before writing and submitting your abstract.

 Abstracts should be in English and no longer than 400 words.

Since abstracts are in English only and since the Forum seeks a wide range of participants, the Forum will offer informal feedback (i.e. mentoring) prior to submission, as possible, if requested no later than 1 May 2019 @23:00 GMT.

A rule of 2 applies. Every Forum participant may be the presenting author on 2 abstracts only. There are no restrictions on the number of abstracts that a participant can appear in as an author.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee comprised of researchers, service providers and service users.

Priority will be given to abstracts/workshops proposals presenting innovative programmes, recent data and/or data on emerging issues

Key dates:

Call for abstracts opens on 1 April 2019

Informal feedback requested by 1 May 2019

Informal feedback returned by 1 July 2019

Abstract submission deadline: 11 July 2019 @ 23:00 GMT

Notification on abstract outcome: 1 August 2019

Late breakers submission deadline: 2 September 2019

For more details, see the FAQs.

You can submit your late breaker abstract here. Once you have submitted your form, an email will be sent to the email address you provided at the start of the process with your submission and a link allowing you to edit your abstract should you wish to do so.