A research project exploring the use of drugs to experiment with—and enhance—experiences of sex and gender

The everyday lives of Western consumers are filled with chemicals and pharmaceutical agents that are understood to perform a number of different functions—in particular, to treat disease, prevent illness, modify bodies, enhance pleasure and optimise performance.

Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the modification of sex and sexuality. Pharmaceuticals have become key technologies for the modification of sexed and gendered experience.

This project is exploring the chemical practices of sexual and gender minorities, and how health agencies have sought to address them. Our research will contribute to a better understanding of the use of drugs and medications for various purposes and provide crucial information for the improvement of public health services.

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Advisory panel

Nicky Bath
Rillark Bolton
University of Sydney
Nadine Ezard
Alcohol and Drug Service, St. Vincent’s Hospital, UNSW Sydney
Alison Ritter
Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
Will Tregoning
UNHARM, Harm Reduction Australia
Jeremy Wiggins
Victorian AIDS Council

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