|London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard||
Sexual health is an important issue for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and generally for men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women. Most sex education in schools and public health campaigns focus on heterosexual sex, but gay and bisexual men are one of the groups most affected by the sexual transmission of HIV in the UK.
Lesbians and bisexual women also need to access the same high quality health services as other women, but may be less likely to because they are concerned about coming out to healthcare providers.
In the 1980s, London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard were the leading source of information on the then new and unknown disease HIV/AIDS. Our volunteers went on to set up some of the UK's leading HIV charities, such as THT and NAM.
We provide information on safer sex and how to manage high-risk behaviour such as drug and alcohol use, which increases the risk of HIV transmission.
As with every single one of our calls, we provide confidential information and support around sexual health, including HIV and AIDS, regardless of gender or reason for the call. Our service provides you with the environment to ask questions that you might not feel comfortable asking a doctor or sexual health professional face to face.
Factsheets are also available by clicking here.
Our helpline volunteers may refer you to other HIV prevention services for example:
The UK's leading gay men's health charity, with particular focus on sex and sexual health.
African HIV Policy Network
National AIDS Manual / AIDSMAP
Terrence Higgins Trust
There is also information available on the following websites:
HIV AWARE - this website contains reliable information about HIV facts. transmission and prevention. It is regularly updated to answer service user queries and to confront HIV myths.
LIFE WITH HIV - targeted towards people living with HIV and provides a wealth of information and resources on everything from confidentiality and medication management to practical guides tackling employment law, immigration and benefits.