The NHS provides a useful summary to most aspects of LGBT+ peoples’ health on their main website. Here you can learn about the specific health issues that can affect you, together with practical advice on how to stay in good health:
Gay & Bisexual Men and Men Who Have Sex With Men
Some of us readily identify as gay or bisexual –and may be out of not. Other men have sex with other men but do not identify as either gay or bisexual. Some straight men occasionally have sex with other men.
It’s all part of who we are and is not something to be judged about – either by ourselves or others.
We are all normal – if sometimes different.
There are a lot of voluntary and other charitable organisations that provide information and advice for all men who fall into this category. Amongst the best known in London are
Spectra GMP (previously known as the West London Gay Men’s Project) http://www.westlondongmp.org.uk/
Lesbian and bisexual women experience a number of health inequalities, having particular health needs that are often overlooked. In some areas, lesbians and bisexual women have poorer health outcomes compared to women in general.
Some but not all NHS hospitals and trusts make a specific commitment to address these inequalities.
In London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ provide some useful additional information and services which, while focused on the Lambeth area, is a useful starting point for more information: http://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/all-patients/lesbian-and-bisexual-womens-health.pdf
Up to a third of us will experience mental health difficulties in our life-time. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about and, as is often the case, the first most important step in tackling such a challenge is to acknowledge that it exists in the first instance.
Trans men and women experience continuing misunderstanding, prejudice and challenges, especially in respect of their health needs. This applies particularly to those who have chosen to transition and are pre or post-operative.
Clini Q, based at 56 Dean Street in heart of Soho, provides an excellent holistic sexual health and well-being service for all trans* people, partners and friends:
Drug and Alcohol Difficulties
For some of us who drink alcohol and use drugs it can get out of hand and start to have an unwelcome effect not just on our lives but those around us too.
Merton Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team offer assesement and treatment for people with these problems.
Antidote is a discrete service, also run by London Friend, that provides information, advice and support for those whose alcohol or drug use has got out of hand: http://londonfriend.org.uk/get-support/drugsandalcohol/antidote-accessing-our-services/
Giving up smoking
A future section providing information and services locally to assist you if you want to give up smoking.
Give advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system