Going for a Sexual Health Check Up
Publish Date: 27/11/2012
It is well known that gay and bisexual men are more at risk of being exposed to sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and although more men are going for tests, there are still a sizeable number of people who would rather not know, and just hope that things are ok.
There are many different ways in which you can access a sexual health check-up and sexual health clinics are no longer places to be embarrassed about.
You don’t need to have symptoms to go for a test, and it should be built in to be a part of your regular health care. In fact, by having check ups before you have symptoms, you dramatically reduce the risk of running into complications form sexually transmitted infections and if you are HIV Positive you need to know as soon as possible
Gay and bisexual men should be getting an HIV test at least once every 12 months, or more often if you think that you may have put yourself at risk of exposure to infections.
How often you test is really up to you, but if you are having sex with different people, even just oral sex, you are putting yourself at higher risk of contracting chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis.
Regular check ups help to ensure that if you have picked up something, it can be dealt with quickly.
Most common sexually transmitted infections can be cured with antibiotics, and in the case of HIV (for which there is no cure) treatments are available, and you will be putting yourself in a much better place in terms of your long term health.
You can download the Check You resource here
National HIV Testing Week 23-30th November
On Thursday 29th November The LGF will be hosting an all day clinic from 9am-5pm at our community resource centre, Number 5 Richmond Street,M1 3HF.
For support and information please call 0845 3 30 30 30 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about testing checkout: http://www.lgf.org.uk/testing