It doesn’t matter if you are straight, lesbian or bisexual, anyone can be at risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Research carried out by Stonewall (www.stonewall.org.uk) suggests that gay and bisexual men in the UK remain the group at the greatest risk of getting infected with HIV, and are also at a higher risk of infecting sexually transmitted diseases.
Women don’t think you are off the hook either. Woman may also exchange fluids during sexual activity so for Lesbian and bisexual woman, the risk of infection from sexually transmitted diseases is just as high.
If you need advice or require a sexual health test, we have a list of local services you may find helpful.
STaSS An independent HIV/AIDS support service in Milton Keynes. It works with people of all ages, races, genders, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs or sexual orientations. They run 3 support groups, one for men one for women and one mixed group. The dates and times of the support groups are on our events calendar. For further details, visit www.stass.org.uk or call 01908 282 185 (6:30-8pm) / 07950 397475.
Brook is a charity with over 50 years experience and offers services around the UK offering free and confidential sexual health advice, contraception and counselling to all young people under the age of 25, including various locations around Milton Keynes.Click here for their site
Free and confidential HIV fast testing (results in less than a minute). The clinic is also able to test for Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. Also offers a wide range of other free and confidential services without the need for a GP referral.Tel. 0300 303 8273
General NHS Information on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Health. www.nhs.uk/Livewell/LGBhealth/Pages/Gayandlesbianhealth.aspx
General NHS Information on Transgender Health www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Transhealth/Pages/Transhealthhome.aspx