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WHY CHEMSEX IS SUCH A DOWNER

IN RECENT MONTHS the alarm has been set to slut red in both the mainstream and gay press about a small, but seemingly surging, number of gay men engaging in what has been termed “chemsex”. The Guardian cries, “It’s a horror story!” while The Telegraph calls chemsex an “alarming new trend”. This coverage was timed cosily with the release of the British documentary about the gay sex and drug scene. Also called Chemsex, it was concocted by the über-hip Vice magazine, which is a bit of worry knowing what a juvenile publication it can be.

Despite the movie’s personal tales of gay men getting horny and high and then feeling damaged emotionally, physically and mentally afterwards, the concept is nothing new. Gay men and sex-enhancers have a long history. They were having drug-fuelled orgies in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s before the advent of AIDS, so to view “chemsex” as a new problem doesn’t put it in its true historical context.

How did gay men go from popping an ecstasy pill, sniffing poppers or doing a bump of K on the dance floor to engaging in what can only be described as hard drug usage? There is no question that for users it’s all about chasing that elusive big “rush” which slamming [injecting] delivers. In the UK the preferred drug of choice to slam is mephedrone. At the cost of just a couple of glasses of beer for a big bag of white powder it can keep you going all weekend and longer if you need. It releases an intoxicating feeling of being both high and horny, which is what true chemsex aims to attain.

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DNA #193 features and exclusive interview with model Nyle Dimarco. Photographed by the talented Christian Scott during his recent trip down under the deaf ‘America’s Next Top Model’ winner explains his “fluid” sexual attractions. For those who like to spice things up in their underwear draw, you can’t miss our in-depth look at rise in popularity of mens lace, satin, silk and frilled underwear. Meet the Australian All-Male, All-Vaudeville and All-Trash boylesque circus tour troupe ’Briefs: The Second Coming’. As our journalist Jesse Archer sits down for a chat with the men who heating up the stage. For our cultured readers, you can’t go past our look at homoerotica in the arts over the ages. Combining culture with DNA’s much loved bugles and ass we take a look at the phenomenon #readnaked that encourages gay men to discover books by gay authors. It’s all class with ass. On the other side of the coin, we visit the new documentary that takes a look at Chemsex and it’s culture within the gay scene. As for hot guys in this months DNA. We also get up close and personal with the delicious model Diego Sochi in some of the latest underwear fashion and model Aleksander Dorokhov is everything seductive in the exclusive photo series from photographer Stanly Vo. Meet straight mate Tim Phillips, Dear Diva answers some interesting questions about jealousy in relationships, we read up on celebrity fan boy and author Matthew Rettemund and check out the new music of singer John Grant.

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