Below you will find a list of useful resources we recommend
Testing & Treatment is by far the best way of managing your sexual health, for sexually active adults the recommendation would be to get tested every 3 months, but as a minimum you should get tested once a year. Find out more:
Find a sexual health clinic
Testing in London – https://shl.uk
Testing in England – https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/sexual-health/find-a-sexual-health-clinic
Testing in Wales – https://111.wales.nhs.uk/localservices/?pc=n&s=SexualHealth&sort=default
Testing in Scotland – https://www.sexualhealthscotland.co.uk/get-help/sexual-health-service-finder
Testing in Northern Ireland – https://www.sexualhealthni.info/genitourinary-medicine-gum-clinics
MonkeyPox in 2022 over 2000 cases of MonkeyPox was confirmed in gay man. The outbreak was cantered on London. It’s usually a mild illness that settles on its own, but it can sometimes become more serious.
Find out more – https://mpx.shl.uk/
Get Vaccinated – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mpox/find-a-mpox-vaccination-site/
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, in simple terms, its a pill that when taken correctly; by somebody who does not have HIV; is effective in stopping HIV transmission.
PrEP is most commonly taken as a once-a-day-pill.
This is usually taken as a combination of two drugs in one pill – tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and emtricitabine (FTC) (sometimes referred to by its original patented name of Truvada). This is one of the same pills commonly taken by someone with HIV as an HIV treatment. A new pill version of PrEP, using a slightly different formulation of drug – tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) and emtricitabine (FTC) – has recently been introduced. This is usually referred to by its patented name of Descovy. Descovy is not licensed for PrEP in most parts of the world.
They offer a comprehensive and holistic range of HIV support and prevention services
https://lgbt.foundation/ – The LGBT Foundation offers information, advice, and support services, including a Talking Therapies Programme to LGBT people.
https://mind.org.uk/ – Mind – Get useful information about mental health support or people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Non-Binary, Queer or Questioning.
https://pinktherapy.com/ – Pink Therapy has an online directory of therapists who work with people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Non-Binary, Queer or Questioning (LGBTIQ); and people who are gender and sexual-diverse (GSD)
https://stonewall.org.uk/ – Find mental health services near you using Sontewall’s “What’s in my area?” Search box.
https://switchboard.lgbt/ – Switchboard provides a listening service for LGBT+ People over the phone, via email and online chat. It can provide you with contact details of an LGBT-Friendly therapist. Or advice on STIs and mental illness.
Help with Drugs
NA Have run a number of meetings every day in the UK and Ireland. There are LGBTQ+ Meetings You do not need to book an appointment to attend a meeting, you just turn up.
If using drugs is causing problems in your life NA can help. NA exists solely so that its members can support each other to stay drug free and to help others achieve and maintain a drug free recovery and lifestyle.
NA is free, it costs nothing to attend our meetings.
Maybe you have already heard something about NA, or this is your first look at NA. Either way we welcome you to come along to a meeting, meet other recovering addicts, and find out for yourself if we have something to offer you.
A desire to stop using, a willingness to change and a little effort in attending meetings will get you off to a good start.
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) UK is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope, so that they may solve their common problem, and help others to recover from, addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
There are no fees for CMA membership and we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Our primary purpose is to lead a sober life and to carry the message of recovery to the crystal meth addict who still suffers.
We are a support group for anyone recovering from drug addiction.
Since 1972, LGBTQ people have been coming together as London Friend to support the health and wellbeing of others within our communities. Most of these were (and still are today) dedicated volunteers, whose actions continue to provide help that is missing from mainstream services, and we’re incredibly proud to be celebrating a phenomenal 50 years of London Friend in 2022
Antidote is the UK’s only LGBT run and targeted drug and alcohol support service. Set up in 2002, we work with both drug and alcohol users and healthcare professionals. We’re here to give non-judgemental free advice and support delivered by highly trained staff and volunteers – all of whom identify as LGBT, and who have a good understanding of the pressures and problems that come with recreational drug or alcohol use.
Of course, when someone is struggling with chemsex, making changes can be scary and it may require courage, but don’t forget one thing: you are not alone if you don’t want to be. We provide free professional chemsex support, and we have been helping thousands of people having problems with this phenomenon for many years. We can assure that lots of them today are in a completely different place than where they were when they contacted us, the place where they wanted to be.
There is life after chemsex, there is hope for you, and happiness is still an option. Precisely because we have also been there, we are here to bring a message full of hope of a brighter tomorrow, and we are here to support you… as much as we can.
This is a fact and we can promise you this:
We are a group of queer gay men who wanted relatable health and well-being stuff in one place so we built MENRUS.CO.UK – a health and wellbeing website with support for the wider LGBTQ+ community. Referred to as a gay-Wikipedia”, the website is made up of six sections: YOU, MEN, BODY, SEX, STIs, and DRUGS with 285,000 words, 800+ topics and 15,000+ links to help, support, and further reading. Some of the most visited topics include Get out and active, Mental health support, Safer chemsex, Bottom shaming, Getting tested for Hepatitis C, and Your rights on arrest.
61 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN
DRUG WATCH LGBTQ+
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have unique and complex health needs that heterosexuals don’t face. Health disparities and barriers to care can make staying healthy challenging, but knowing LGBTQ+ health risks can ensure you stay on top of your health. Local and national resources can help you prevent or treat these health conditions with the right medical testing, care and support.
In Emergency Situations
Recovery Position – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/first-aid/recovery-position/
Chem Sex First Aid – https://www.davidstuart.org/chemsex-first-aid
CHEMS & CHEMSEX
We’re here if you use chems for sex and want some support.
Anyone already registered with us can book an initial 20 minute phone assessment with one of our expert team.
Call our appointments line on 020 3315 5656.
A safe confidential space is provided to consider;
· Risk reduction (e.g. GBL dependency or overdose and Crystal meth & mental health)
· Reducing chems use.
· Stopping chems.
· Support with relapse prevention.
We offer in house short term work and referral to specialist groups and services.
We support thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) people in the UK every year. All of our services are free and confidential.
If you’re LGBTQ+, facing or experiencing homelessness, or living in an unsafe home please reach out to us today. We can help you.
Free housing-related advice on our helpline, open every weekday 10:00 – 13:00. Call 0800 6 404 404.
We have a specialist mental health advocate who supports people with their mental health.
We offer specialist support for people fleeing domestic abuse, forced marriage or so-called honour-based violence.
Fill in a referral form by using the ‘Self Referral’ button and one of our team will contact you. If you’re from an agency and referring someone else, use the Agency Referral Form.
our mission is to secure safe homes and better futures for lgbtq+ people aged 16-25
We exist to give LGBTQ+ young people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness or a hostile living environment the support they need to thrive. We do what we do because LGBTQ+ young people deserve safety and acceptance. For as long as LGBTQ+ young people are subject to hostility, exclusion and insecurity, our services will be vitally needed.
We support LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness, or living in a hostile environment. Our centres are based in London, Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle, and we offer remote support to those living elsewhere in the country.
I NEED A BED TONIGHT
Contact your local Nightstop who may be able to match you with a trained host.
Find your nearest Nightstop service, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7939 1220.
Call Shelter, the UK-wide homelessness charity for legal advice and advocacy
Find out where to get the right advice Helpline 0808 800 4444 our helpline is free
Find out whether your local council can help you find safe accommodation.
Micro Rainbow’s vision is to create a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people are free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life, including in accessing employment, training, education, financial services, healthcare, housing, places of faith, and public services. We do this by: