Who provides services to gay men in London
This website is produced by GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, on behalf of the Pan London HIV Prevention Partnership (PLHPP).
A list of the members of the PLHPP and other key providers of work for gay men in London follows. Click on an organisation’s name for more information on it, including contact details.
- Camden Good Sexual Health Team
- Ergo Consulting
- GMI Partnership
- London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
- The Metro Centre
- Positive East
- West London Gay Men's Project
Camden Good Sexual Health Team
Camden PCT's Good Sexual Health Team (formerly the Gay Men's Team) has researched a written a range of HIV prevention booklets for gay men. Recent titles include ‘Coming Out & Sexual Health’ for younger gay men and ‘Safe’, aimed at black gay men.
The Good Sexual Health Team also runs the Freedoms scheme, providing free condoms and lube to gay bars and clubs across the capital and low price name-brand condoms via the website: www.freedoms-shop.nhs.uk. For more information email: email@example.com.
The CLASH (Central London Action on Street Health) team targets clients at highest risk of STI and HIV infection, including sex workers, the homeless, and IV drug users. However, most of CLASH’s work is with gay men.
The CLASH office in Soho hosts drop-in clinics offering Hepatitis A & B vaccinations as well as advice about steroid use to gay men. The CLASH team can offer 1-to-1 support for gay men with sexual health issues and questions. Ring 020 7734 1794 for more information.
Ergo Consulting is a long established health and social care consultancy which has been commissioned to monitor and evaluate a range of HIV services across London from 2008 to 2011.
GMFA - The gay men’s health charity - is a community based organisation that aims to improve gay men's health by increasing the control that gay men have over their own lives. Volunteers and GMFA staff work together to create all of GMFA’s projects. They include FS magazine, the websites www.gmfa.org.uk/sex and www.gmfa.org.uk/londonservices, small media, courses for gay men and work for HIV-positive gay men and Black gay men.
For more information ring 020 7738 6872 or visit www.gmfa.org.uk/aboutgmfa.
The GMI Partnership comprises Positive East, the Metro Centre Ltd and West London Gay Men’s Project (London Borough of Hounslow). Between them, the partners employ over 50 staff, have roles for over 125 volunteers and have as well over 50 years experience in working with men who have sex with men. Call 020 8305 5002, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.gmipartnership.org.uk.
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard provides a comprehensive information and support service, for lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and anybody with questions on issues around sexuality.
Switchboard positively raises awareness of sexual health issues, including safer sex and endorses positive personal choice. Callers to Switchboard are offered non-judgmental support and advice on any problems they are facing and they are referred to sources of more specialist advice, counselling or other help if they want it.
Helpline opening hours are 10am to 11pm seven days a week.
Switchboard can be reached on 020 7837 7324 or online at www.llgs.org.uk.
The Metro Centre
The Metro Centre has a number of services for gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men including: the Pitstop Clinic, which offers an expanding range of HIV and STI testing and is open on Wednesday evenings and Saturday brunch-time; support for HIV negative men though the MetroSafe peer mentoring programme which emplores the emotional side of HIV prevention; and free condoms through the post for Greenwich and Bexley residents. The Metro also offers mental health services, counselling, youth groups, a group for LGB people over the age of 50, diversity training and opportunities for volunteering.
For more information ring 020 8305 5000, email email@example.com, write to The Metro Centre Ltd, Norman House, 110-114 Norman Road, London SE10 9QJ or visit the website: www.metrocentreonline.org.
NAM provides up to date, evidence-based information on all aspects of HIV, and specialises in health and treatment information. For the PLHPP, NAM has partnered up with Terrence Higgins Trust to make available a range of publications on health and treatment, which are pitched at different levels to suit different people’s needs.
The publications are:
- A summary resource setting out the ten most important things it is good to know about HIV and its treatment.
- Ten illustrated fact sheets introducing key concepts in HIV treatment and health.
- A range of entry-level booklets, covering broad topics. These may be particularly helpful if you are newly diagnosed.
- A range of booklets on specific treatment and health topics, providing more detailed information.
- A monthly newsletter: HIV Treatment Update.
- A comprehensive directory of symptoms, illnesses, treatments and side-effects.
- A treatments information website.
Printed versions of all but the website are available free of charge to anyone living with HIV in London. Simply call 020 7840 0050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pace offers counselling, advocacy, groups and workshops, HIV prevention, employment, youthwork and training. The facilitators for PACE groups are gay men who are experienced counsellors and groupworkers. They use their skills to structure the group, facilitate various exercises to trigger discussion and experimentation, input relevant theory and create a safe and constructive environment.
For more information ring 020 7700 1323 or visit the website: www.pacehealth.org.uk.
Providing comprehensive and co-ordinated practical and emotional support for those people living with and affected by HIV in east London, Positive East’s aim is to create a safe environment for people to come and receive peer and professional support. Central to all our services is the principle of self empowerment i.e. people, where ever possible, should be independent and in control of their lives. To help maintain independence and not create dependence. Our services are set up to work with people to encourage them to achieve this.
Their services include:
- Advice on welfare⁄benefits and housing.
- Dedicated support groups, plus 1–2–1 counselling and mentoring
- Employment support which offer careers guidance, CV preparation and interview skills.
- Wellbeing courses, such as Recently Diagnosed courses and workshops for African men.
- Outreach advice in hospitals and clinics across east London.
- Free, fast, friendly and confidential HIV testing, as part of our Itís Better to Know outreach programme.
The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) delivers health promotion campaigns, national services and local services directly to people with or affected by HIV and people at risk from our centres across England and Wales.
For more information about THT or for general help and advice about HIV/AIDS contact THT Direct,on 0808 802 1221, or visit the website: www.tht.org.uk.
West London Gay Men's Project
West London Gay Men's Project provides services including '24s' free condom and lube distribution scheme, 'The Source' health information magazine for the LGBT community, free phone telephone advice and support line, online and venue based homophobia third party reporting services, face-to-face outreach work, resource service and free rapid HIV testing for men who have sex with men at community settings across London.