Sexual health

Getting a regular sexual health MOT is a good idea, whether or not you think you’ve had unsafe sex. Outside London, contact your local LGBT organisation or sexual health clinic. www.nhs.uk/livewell/STIs allows you to enter your postcode and find your local clinic.

Brook runs free independent sexual health clinics for people under 25 across the country. www.brook.org.uk

In London, there are a number of sexual health clinics that are specifically geared at gay and bi men. The clinic at 56 Dean Street in Soho has a good reputation for accessible support for all gay & bi guys. It runs many specific clinics, such as Code for guys involved in the harder sex scene – see the website for details.

www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/56-dean-street

Every hospital has a sexual health clinic. Some have special clinics for LGBT people. Here are a couple:

The After 5 clinic at Guys and Thomas Hospital (www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk)

The Rainbow clinic at Kings College Hospital (www.kch.nhs.uk)

London also has the first independent clinic run by and for the trans community. This clinic is inclusive of all trans and genderqueer people, whatever their specific identities, histories and bodies. It runs from 56 Dean Street in Soho every Wednesday from 5.30-7pm. As well as sexual health checks, cliniQ also offers advice and information on a wide variety of social and well-being matters, including liver function testing (for hormones), cervical smears (for trans guys), group and individual counselling, employment advice, and advice around drugs & alcohol, harassment & hate crime, sexual & domestic abuse. www.facebook.com/cliniQ

THT has sexual health information especially for trans guys at: www.tht.org.uk/transmen.