Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

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Find the test that’s right for you

Gay and bisexual men having regular sex should get tested every 3 months

If you have ever injected drugs (including performance or image enhancing drugs) you may have been at risk of hepatitis C

Treat

Once you know about an infection, treatment means you can do something about it

Today in Scotland a person living with HIV can live a long, healthy life, hepatitis C can be …

Discrimination »

… The Employment Equalities (Sexual Orientation) Regulations Act of 2003 protects lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and heterosexuals from Discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Advice and further information

Commission for Equality & Human Rights – 0141 248 5833 or www.equalityhumanrights.com

Citizens’ Advice Scotland – www.cas.org.uk

Scottish Law Centres – www.govanlc.com/salc.htm

Welcome »

… of this site. 

This website is for everyone; old, young, black, white, female, male, gay, straight, unsure, all of the above, or none of the above. Everyone has sexual health of some sort or another; whether they think it is good, bad, or indifferent. This information is provided so that you can learn more about sexual health, start to think about your own sexual health and the sexual health of others, and be in a position to make the best possible choices about you, your …

Parents »

… Scotland is a voluntary organisation offering helplines run by a group of parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children ( LGBT ).  They provide help, information and support for parents and families of lgbt children.

Lothian:          Anne 0131 556 6047

Strathclyde    Pat 0141 427 3897

Lines are open 9.00am to 10.00pm or you can e-mail:- parentsenquiry@hotmail.com

www.parentsenquiryscotland.org

Further Information

NHS Health Scotland have …

What is Hepatitis B? »

… most of them have received hepatitis B vaccine. There is a high prevalence of hepatitis B among gay men, so the hepatitis B vaccine is usually made available to them from a sexual health centre. You cannot contract hepatitis B from contaminated food or water and it cannot be spread casually in the workplace. If you are a health care worker with hepatitis B, you must discuss this with your occupational health department.

Get Rubbered »

… Higgins Trust (THT) Scotland (formerly PHACE Scotland). 

It is a postal service for gay and bisexual men living in Lanarkshire who require condoms and lubricant (lube) for anal sex.  Free condoms and lube can be posted direct to your address in a discreet wrapper.  The Get Rubbered Scheme provides an alternative to the C Card Scheme for men who have sex with men who may be concerned about identifying their sexual orientation when asking for strong condoms.  The …

Condoms! »

… people in the West of Scotland and there is still no cure for it. More heterosexual people than gay people are getting HIV, and a lot of those are younger people. If you are having penetrative sex, the only way to be sure of avoiding all these is to use a condom or a femidom, preferably with a water based lubricant to make sure it doesn’t burst. Most condoms fail because people aren’t using them properly or they are using the wrong kind of condom for the kind of sex they are …

Trans »

… have launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.  The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 9.00 p.m., please call: 0300 123 2523.  You can also visit their website: www.lgbthealth.org.uk

Homophobia »

… Unfortunately anger, abuse and violence in various forms are still directed at lesbian, gay and bisexual people, transgender people can experience ‘transphobia’.  This is known as homophobic crime.

Some police forces are more advanced in their recognition and treatment of homophobic crime.

Police Scotland have set up a reporting scheme where homophobic crime can be reported. Officers are trained to acknowledge homophobic incidents such as  verbal abuse, assault or …

Being Heterosexual »

… The important thing to remember is that you have choices, perhaps more than people who are gay, lesbian and bisexual, even so, you can face pressure from society to conform to the heterosexual norm.

You might not want to. It is important to work out what is right for you.

Being Gay or Lesbian »

People who are gay or lesbian are attracted to people the same sex as themselves

Gay men are attracted to other men

Lesbians or ‘gay women’  are attracted to other women

Society seems to expect people to be heterosexual despite the fact that statistically 5-10 people in 100 will be gay, lesbian or bisexual. That means there are possibly half a million gay, lesbian and bisexual people …

Being Bisexual »

… simply means that they have a broader range of people to be attracted to!

Unfortunately, like gay people, they can experience prejudice and discrimination and not only from heterosexual people but from gay people as well.

It is important to remember that all states of attraction are valid and as a society we should welcome all diversities of attraction equally.

The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing have launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support …

Being Aware of Your Sexuality »

There are lots of people who don’t think of themselves as being gay, lesbian or bisexual, who are sometimes attracted to people of the same sex , or perhaps just one person of the same sex.

Whatever you choose to call yourself all these feelings are normal and healthy. It’s worth mentioning that these feelings sometimes change at different times in your life. Some people don’t realise they are gay, lesbian or bisexual until they are much …

Anus and Rectum »

… sex is surprisingly common among men and women, and is not confined simply to stereotypical “ gay ” sex. One recent survey revealed that anal sex is part of 15% of heterosexual couples sex lives. It is used routinely for the pleasure to be derived from the stimulation, as part of sexual experimentation, or where vaginal penetrative sex is unsatisfactory to either partner. It has even been used as an alternative to vaginal sex to prevent conception.

The anus may be stimulated …