NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… fairly low, we are seeing a definite increase this year. We have particularly seen an increase in heterosexuals aged 20-40 and men who have sex with men, who have been diagnosed with syphilis.

“Because of this increase, we are reinforcing the importance of getting tested and practicing safer sex using a condom and, where appropriate, lubricant.”

Although the overall numbers of cases in Lanarkshire are typically lower than in some areas of Scotland, additional action is being taken …

Discrimination »

… (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

Syphilis »

… other men and locally we have recently seen an increase in infections among young straight / heterosexual people in Lanarkshire.

Can it be treated?

Yes, syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. It is important if you are treated for syphilis that you go back to the clinic to check the infection is completely gone, and to ensure your partner is also tested/checked and, if necessary, treated so you do not re-infect each other. Also, avoid sexual contact until you and your partner …

Condoms! »

… is on the rise among young 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 …

In The Workplace »

… introduced regulations which protect workers against being treated less favorably than their heterosexual colleagues – Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2003).

The Scottish Executives Initiative Workplace Equal Rights aims to tackle racism and promote equal opportunities in the workplace.  It aims to do this by providing accessible information and advice regarding rights in the workplace in relation to sexual orientation, race, age, disability, gender and …

Being Heterosexual »

People who are heterosexual are attracted to people of the opposite sex to themselves

While it is surely easier to be heterosexual, there is still an expectation of what that means.

This means you might be expected to get married and settle down and have children whether you are ready for this or not. You may decide that you don’t want this at any stage in your life.

The important thing to …

Being Gay or Lesbian »

… 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 living in Scotland.

Despite this, there are strong messages of disapproval that we pick up about being gay or lesbian from a very young age. This means that for most gay and lesbian people there may be a long …

Being Bisexual »

… 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 for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends …

Anus and Rectum »

… 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 or penetrated by fingers, penis, tongue, sex toy or other means. …