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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are welcome to all of our clinics. We understand that LGBT people have specific sexual health concerns and needs and our staff are here to help deal with any issues that may arise.

Gay and Bisexual Men's health

Some gay and bisexual men are at higher risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Regular sexual health check-ups are an important part of looking after yourself and your future health.

It is recommended nationally that men who have sex with other men have an HIV test every year (if you or your partner have any other partners).

Come in and chat to one of our team, and we'll discuss with you what tests you need.

We run aspecialist clinicfor men who have sex with men on Wednesday afternoons (Archie's clinic).

Lesbian and bisexual women's health

Women who have sex with other women may be at lower risk from some sexually transmitted infections, but not all. Regular STI screening is an important part of looking after yourself and your future health.

  • Cervical smears: It is important that all women over the age of 25 years have regular cervical screening for cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus (the virus associated with most cervical cancers) is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, therefore making it important that whoever you have sex with, you have your regular smear.
  • STI screening: STIs are passed on in a variety of ways, depending on the infection. This includes via sex toys and oral sex. Regular STI screening is important for your health.

Trans and non-binary

We are an inclusive service and aim to provide an excellent service for all patients. We do not have a specialist trans service, but are happy to see you on our general walk-in service to help with your sexual health care needs.

Useful links

Terence Higgins Trust 

NHS Choices - Gay and Lesbian health

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation 

PACE health - LGBT Mental health support 

Beaumont Society - Society for transgender support 

The Gender Trust - Helping those with gender issues