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About the study

Welcome to the Chemical Practices study

The study is exploring drug consumption practices among sexual and gender minorities. We are including a broad range of drugs in the scope of the study—for example, illicit drugs, prescription pharmaceuticals, steroids, hormones and antiretrovirals (as HIV treatment or PrEP).

The study is exploring which drugs and medications people consume, people’s expectations and experiences of the way these chemicals affect their sexual or gender performance, and the strategies people use to minimise negative effects and maximise potential positive effects.

We are seeking people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) experience to take part in the study.

What is the study about?

This study explores licit and illicit drug use among people from sexual and gender minorities. It focuses on how people consume drugs or medications to transform their gendered and sexual experience, how they learn about the effects of particular drugs and how they take steps to minimise harms and maximise the positive effects of their preferred drugs. You have been invited to participate because you have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) experience.

What’s involved?

If you decide to take part in this research, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire comprises questions about drug use, which includes a broad range of drugs (or substances)—for example, illicit drugs, prescription pharmaceuticals, steroids, hormones, and antiretrovirals, among others. The study will explore which substances/drugs you consume, your experiences of how these drugs affect aspects of your sexual or gender identity, and the strategies you have used to minimise possible harms and maximise positive effects.

The manufacturing and distribution of illicit drugs is not part of this project; we do not seek or require this information.

At the end of the survey you will be invited to refer other people you know by sending them a link to the survey via social media or email.

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