What is chemsex and why does it matter?

  title={What is chemsex and why does it matter?},
  author={H. Dundas McCall and Naomi Adams and D Mason and James Willis},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
It needs to become a public health priority 
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Fucking with homonormativity: The ambiguous politics of chemsex
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  • 1989
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Guidance on the clinical management of acute and chronic harms of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances.
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