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Table 2 Characteristics of chemsex, among respondents ever having engaged in chemsex (n = 144)

From: Links between chemsex and reduced mental health among Norwegian MSM and other men: results from a cross-sectional clinic survey

Variable Full sample
n (%)
MSM
n (%)
non-MSM
n (%)
Test for stat. Diff
Frequency of chemsex p = 0.35
 Once 36 (25) 19 (22) 17 (30)
 Two or more times 108 (75) 68 (78) 40 (70)
Drugs used for chemsex 1
 Cocaine 90 (63) 45 (52) 45 (79) p = 0.22
 GHB/GBL 41 (29) 37 (43) 4 (7) p = 0.001*
 Methamphetamine 24 (17) 20 (23) 4 (7) p = 0.11
 Ketamine 16 (11) 9 (10) 7 (12) p = 0.28
 Mephedrone 9 (6) 8 (9) 1 (2) p = 0.05
Reasons for engaging in chemsex 1
 Increased sexual pleasure 82 (57) 57 (66) 25 (44) p = 0.006*
 Increased sexual excitement 67 (47) 46 (53) 21 (37) p = 0.017*
 Increased sexual performance 34 (24) 22 (25) 12 (21) p = 0.78
 Low self-esteem 8 (6) 5 (6) 3 (5) p = 0.87
 Pressure from partner 5 (3) 4 (5) 1 (2) p = 0.35
 Other 28 (19) 9 (10) 19 (33) p = 0.001*
Means/location of finding chemsex partner 1
 Internet/App 52 (36) 49 (56) 3 (5) p = 0.001*
 Sauna 6 (4) 6 (7) 0 p = 0.042*
 Sex-club 7 (5) 5 (6) 2 (4) p = 0.52
 Cruising place 4 (3) 2 (2) 2 (4) p = 0.69
 Other 68 (47) 26 (30) 32 (56) p = 0.22
Location/place for chemsex 1
 Private home 105 (73) 68 (78) 37 (65) p = 0.043*
 Sexparty in private home 29 (20) 28 (32) 1 (2) p = 0.001*
 Hotel 30 (21) 21 (24) 9 (16) p = 0.38
 Sauna 9 (6) 9 (10) 0 p = 0.011*
 Sexclub 8 (6) 8 (9) 0 p = 0.017*
 Cruising place 3 (2) 2 (2) 1 (2) p = 0.80
 Other 7 (5) 1 (1) 6 (11) p = 0.012*
Used condoms during chemsex p = 0.06
 Almost never/never 67 (47) 37 (43) 30 (53)
 A few times 16 (11) 11 (13) 5 (9)
 Almost always/always 38 (26) 31 (36) 7 (12)
Had physical problems because of chemsex p = 0.76
 Almost never/never 103 (72) 67 (77) 36 (63)
 A few times 13 (9) 9 (10) 4 (7)
 Almost always/always 5 (3) 4 (5) 1 (2)
Had psychological problems because of chemsex p = 0.81
 Almost never/never 100 (87) 66 (76) 34 (60)
 A few times 15 (10) 11 (13) 4 (7)
 Almost always/always 5 (3) 3 (3) 1 (2)
Engaged in sexual activities during chemsex that you later regretted p = 0.57
 Yes 27 (19) 19 (22) 8 (14)
 No 70 (49) 45 (52) 25 (44)
 Unsure/Can’t remember 22 (15) 14 (16) 8 (14)
Wish to stop engaging in chemsex p = 0.97
 Yes 18 (13) 13 (15) 5 (9)
 No 53 (37) 37 (43) 16 (28)
 Unsure 49 (34) 28 (32) 21 (37)
  1. Legend: 1 = respondents could check more than one answer. * = p < 0.05