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Gay health: access to healthcare

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person you are entitled to exactly the same standards of care as heterosexual people in the NHS. Your rights are now clearly stated in the NHS Constitution, which all NHS organisations have to comply with. It's a good idea…

Gay health: the issues

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. Gay men, lesbians and bisexual people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that…

Havering Children's Centres

April 2021 Update  Throughout the pandemic, children’s centres have continued to remain open for midwife, antenatal and postnatal appointments and for families who have needed to access one to one support in person. Government guidelines for COVID19 meant we were unable to deliver our usual groups…

Health checks for gay men and women

Research suggests gay men and lesbians are less likely to have routine screening tests than heterosexuals. Illnesses such as cancer can affect anyone, whether you're gay or straight. But some gay men and lesbians may be less likely to have screening and testing than heterosexuals. This could…

Help after rape and sexual assault

If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn't your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help. What…

Help for disabled parents

If you have a disability and you're a parent or about to become one, you're entitled to the support you need to help you carry out your parenting role. Problems with moving around that make it hard to pick up your child or push a buggy, or…

HIV and AIDS: what are the risks for gay men?

The number of people with HIV in the UK is rising, and gay men are one of the highest risk groups. In 2015, about 101,000 people in the UK were living with HIV. About 13,500 of them don't know they have it and are at risk of passing…

How can I avoid pregnancy?

Knowing when you're likely to release an egg (ovulate) can help you plan or avoid pregnancy. Find out when ovulation occurs in the menstrual cycle and when you can get pregnant. This page covers: When can I get pregnant? When does ovulation happen? Avoiding pregnancy…

LGBT paths to parenthood

The number of LGBT people becoming parents, or thinking about becoming parents, is increasing. If you're thinking about having children, here's an overview of the various routes to parenthood available to you. This page covers: donor insemination co-parenting adoption surrogacy trans and non-binary parents Donor…

Male sexual problems

It's estimated 1 in 10 men has a problem related to having sex, such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction. Find out more through the links below.   Sexual problems can affect any man, whether he is straight, gay, bisexual or transgender. Erectile dysfunction (impotence) This is when a man can't get,…
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