Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans Queer & Questioning

If you're gay, have same-sex partners or are transgender, it's just as important for you as for anyone else to use NHS services to keep yourself healthy.

It's a good idea to tell your doctor or nurse if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans*. If you haven't yet come out this podcast offers stories and advice on doing this.

If your doctor knows about your sexuality, sexual preferences and any genital surgery, it's easier to discuss your life, relationships and health concerns. They can also keep an eye out for any health problems relevant to you.

Although gay and bisexual people share the same health needs as heterosexuals, there are some key differences.

Research shows higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis and gonorrhoea, among gay or bisexual men.

There are more gay men living with HIV than ever, so having sex without using a condom is extremely risky. Early diagnosis of HIV makes a real difference to how well it can be treated, so it's really important to get tested regularly if you think you may have been at risk.

Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), even though the risks are generally lower. Any one-on-one contact, such as oral sex or using the same hand when touching yourself and then your partner, can put you at risk.

However, some gay men, lesbians and trans men and women may be less likely to have screening and testing than heterosexuals. This could be because of fear of discrimination, or because they simply don't think they're at risk.

Our sexual health services are committed to providing a friendly and professional service to everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality.

When you attend a clinic you do not have to give any personal information about your sexuality to the receptionist.

All of the clinics in York and North Yorkshire have mixed waiting areas and our treatment rooms are not gender specific.

Useful links and rescources

More information and support about LGBTQ health issues can be found at the links below:

Details of local help and support can be found at:

Our Community Outreach Team offers services to LGBTQ people in York and North Yorkshire including confidential HIV testing, free condoms and lubricant, 1:1 support and support groups. For more information please click here.

York Pride 

York Pride takes place in June and we are proud to support thousands of the LGBTQ community in the parade from York Minster to York Racecourse.

We hold a stand at the event with Yorkshire MESMAC and gave information and advice on STIs and testing. See the video below for clips from the fantastic event!