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Rutgers Dean Publishes Commentary on Chemsex and Mental Health in Gay and Bisexual Men

Rutgers School of Public Health Dean Dr. Perry N. Halkitis and incoming Rutgers School of Public Health PhD student Mr. Stuart N. Singer of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) have published a commentary on a recent study in the International Journal of Drug Policy. Dr. Halkitis and Mr. Singer provided a paradigm for fully considering the intersection of chemsex (drug use while engaging in sexual activity) with mental health and social inequities in understanding the health disparities faced by gay and bisexual men in Australia. Moreover, they argue that we must continue to understand the health of sexual minority men using biopsychosocial approach, recognize that gay men’s health is more than just about HIV, and consider the use of resilience rather than deficit models in developing programing.

[Photo: Perry N. Halkitis, Dean and Professor – School of Public Health]

“Chemsex and Mental Health as Part of Syndemic in Gay and Bisexual Men” was recently published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.