Understanding drugs in social and sexual lives

Substance use has long played a role in the social and sexual lives of gay, bisexual and queer men.

Dr Max Hopwood and Dr Kerryn Drysdale from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health presented the fourth annual Sex Lecture, drawing on insights from the Crystal, Pleasures and Sex between Men research project on gay, bisexual and queer men who use crystal methamphetamine for sex.

The lecture was followed by an expert panel discussing how we can better encourage practices of safety and care for people who use drugs for sex or socialising in our communities.


Introduction: Emeritus Professor Gary W. Dowsett
Gary Dowsett, PhD, FASSA, is Emeritus Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW

Event MC: Scientia Professor Carla Treloar
Director, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Panellists include Leon FernandesJoël Murray and Suzie Hudson.

Leon Fernandes is a harm reduction and adult educator for over 20 years, with intimate knowledge of illicit and injecting drug use and its relationship with sex.

Joël Murray is a queer person living with HIV. Their experience is both professional, having worked as a Senior Policy Advisor on the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, and personal, having the lived experience of substance use and supporting people who use substances in the context of sex.

Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited mental health Social Worker, with over 20 years’ clinical experience, and is the Clinical Director at NADA as well as maintaining a private counselling and clinical supervision practice.



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