David Stuart manages the ChemSex support services at 56 Dean Street (part of the Chelsea & Westminster hospital NHS Foundation Trust) addressing the sexualised drug use by gay men. He has played a leading role in the development of London’s pioneering services Antidote, Club Drug Clinic and CODE clinic, and has been instrumental in placing ChemSex issues firmly on international Public Health agendas, and his sexual wellbeing and ChemSex support models of care have been adapted for use and applied in many dozens of cities around the world. He has been consulted by the governments and public health bodies of many countries across the Americas, Europe and Australasia, including the World Health Organisation/UNAIDS.
David created the European ChemSex Forum to support European Healthcare providers and communities to respond to international ChemSex trends and share good practice; the first of these was delivered in London in 2016 partnership with ReShape and GMFA.
In addition to his management and practitioner roles, David is a researcher, policy-maker, educator, writer and lecturer on the issues of sexual wellbeing/culture, substance use and HIV.
David is also the curator of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, a series of community engagement events that resource art and theatre, designed to inspire and engage populations in action and dialogue on topical and challenging psychosocial/psychosexual issues that impact sexual health, wellbeing and community. David has commissioned and produced two plays from playwright Patrick Cash; The Clinic, and The ChemSex Monologues (the latter of which has since enjoyed international successes).
David's clinical and community work is recognised and resourced internationally; his work was featured in a 2015 documentary by VICE UK, titled "ChemSex". (View trailer)