Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Until further notice all of our Queue & Wait, Test & Go and routine appointment services are suspended to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to enable some of our staff to be re-deployed. This means that you are unable to be seen in the clinic without talking to our central booking team first.

Please call 01904 721111 (9am - 3pm) Monday to Friday to arrange a discussion with one of our clinical staff. If you feel the issue is URGENT e.g. you need emergency contraception, HIV post-exposure treatment or have new and significant symptoms, please let the booking team know. Our 'contact us' option on the website can be used but there may be some delays in responding to non-urgent queries. We are closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Clinic Closures -  we are currently only operating clinics in York, Selby, Harrogate, Scarborough, Northallerton, Catterick and Skipton - all other clinics are temporarily suspended.

ONLINE SERVICES - free condoms are available via the website for residents of York and North Yorkshire. Online testing is available for those most at risk of STIs or who have been advised to do a test

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Trans

What does this mean?

Trans: an umbrella term used when someone’s gender identity does not match their sex that was assigned at birth. Trans identities can fit within the binary (female or male) or outside of it. There is a whole spectrum of non-binary gender identities.

Non-Binary: someone who does not define as either a man or a woman.

Sexual health

Trans people’s health needs are the same as anyone else’s. Gender identity is different from sexual orientation and Trans people can identify as straight, gay, bisexual, queer or any other sexuality. However, they might have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria or gender reassignment, realignment or confirmation.

Your particular needs might be best addressed by transgender health services offered by NHS gender identity clinics. For more information, click here. If you think that this might be a good option for you, talk to your GP because they will be able to make a referral for an assessment.

Transitioning is a very personal experience and there is no “right” way to do it. This may involve surgery, but it doesn’t have to. It can just involve changing your gender expression through the way you look or changing your pronouns. Some Trans people don’t transition at all. Don’t feel pressured into transitioning in a certain way- do what’s right for you. If you’d like to discuss this further, Yorkshire MESMAC can provide 1-2-1 support.

Going to a sexual health clinic can be daunting. Be reassured that Yorsexualhealth will provide you with an inclusive, understanding and friendly service, regardless of your gender identity.

The PrEP Impact trial is also open to Trans people. PrEP is a medication that can prevent you from catching HIV if it’s taken correctly. For more information on the trial, click here https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/. For more information on PrEP, click here.

Useful links and support:

NHS Trans health: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Transhealth/Pages/Transhealthhome.aspx

Yorkshire MESMAC: www.mesmac.co.uk

Generate: https://www.generateyork.org/

Safer sex for trans bodies: https://www.hrc.org/resources/safer-sex-for-trans-bodies

Non binary resources: http://nonbinary.org/

Trans health, Gendered Intelligence: http://cdn0.genderedintelligence.co.uk/2012/11/17/17-14-04-GI-sexual-health-booklet.pdf

THT Trans men’s health guide: http://www.tht.org.uk/~/media/8F7D70D8C3B643109351E3D9A633529A.pdf

THT Trans women’s health guide: http://www.tht.org.uk/~/media/4653AA766E3F4C1286FC515F17146F32.pdf