LGBT+ Sexual Health
- If you are looking for a sexual health clinic near you, visit our under 25 sexual health clinic page, or the Central and North West London NHS website (external link) for adults aged 25 and over
- Find our information on PEP and PrEP
Lesbian and bisexual women
If you have had unprotected sex you are at risk of STIs.This includes any one-on-one contact such as oral sex or using the same hand to masturbate yourself and a partner. If you are concerned or have symptoms, visit your local clinic for STI testing.
Sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) including gay and bisexual men
Even if you have no symptoms, you should have a sexual health screen at least every six months at a sexual health/GUM clinic. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for some infections such as Hepatitis A (a liver infection spread by a virus in poo), Hepatitis B and C (liver infections caused by viruses in blood and body fluids), HIV, syphilis and gonorrhoea. MSM can visit a sexual health clinic for vaccination against hepatitis B.
You can visit your GP for the hepatitis A vaccine as a travel vaccine.
How can I access a gender identity clinic?
If you identify as trans or non-binary, you will likely benefit from the support of a specialist gender identity service. Your GP or another health professional can refer you directly to one of these services.
- For teens 16 years of age and under, you will be referred to Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) (external link).
- For people 17 years of age and over, you will be referred to the Gender Identity Clinic (external link)
The GIDS website (external link) has more information for young people struggling with their gender identity.
Trans / Non-binary information and helplines
- Mermaids (external link) is a UK charity with loads of resources, videos and articles to help trans and non binary teens who may be struggling with their gender identity. They also have a forum where you can talk to other trans and non-binary teens. If you want to talk to someone right away, you can call their helpline: 0808 801 0400 - Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm
- Mindline Trans+ is a confidential helpline for people who identify as Trans, non-binary or gender fluid, that provides a safe place to talk about feelings confidentially and receive signposting to appropriate services and support. It is run by trans, non-binary, LGB and trans allies. Call 0300 330 5468 - Monday and Friday, 8pm to midnight
What is gender dysphoria?
When you are born a doctor will assign you a gender, either 'male' or 'female' based on the appearance of your genitalia. Gender dysphoria is when your gender identity differs from the one which was assigned to you at birth. Someone whose gender identity matches that which was assigned to them at birth is called a cisgender person. You may identify as male, female or non-binary which means that you identify as neither male or female. Perhaps you identify as both or your gender identity changes depending on how you feel.
- Wise Thoughts website (external link) - a Pioneering LGBTQI+ & BAME Arts Charity based in Wood Green, Haringey
- Embrace UK website (external link) or visit Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, N17 8JL. Tel 020 8801 9224. Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
- LGBT+ Youth Group, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. For 13-19 year olds. Thursdays, 4.30-6.30pm. For information and venue, call Leah Stone on 07384 817 763
- LGBT Foundation (external link)
- Stonewall (external link)
- LGBT Switchboard (external link) - LGBT telephone helpline