A French study had found links between relationship breakdowns and chem sex.
The study conducted by Romain Amaro at the University of Paris drew on interviews with 25 young gay men and research gleaned from two dating websites.
"I argue that the link between romantic relationships and injecting drug use is anything but straightforward,” said Amaro.
“The suffering and loneliness that follow romantic breakups can trigger uncontrolled drug use while feelings of “love fusion” between “slammers” can encourage further risk-taking. But romantic relationships can also provide crucial symbolic and material support to place limits on drug use in ways that reduce harm.”
Amaro said slamming is often portrayed as risky and extreme behaviour but with his study he aimed to provide a more nuanced understanding of drug use, risks and harm minimisation.
Amaro conducted interviews with gay men aged between 23 and 30 who engaged in chemsex.
Amaro said he immediately noticed a correlation between break-ups and increased use of TINA with many using checmsex as a coping mechanism after a breakup.
“By examining the subjective, emotional, and relational rationales that underlie slamming, I show how young gay men navigate between caring for their health and their emotional ties with other men,” Amara told Pink Star News