Gay health

Gay health: the issues

Find out about the health issues that affect you if you're gay, lesbian or bisexual with practical advice on how to stay in good health.

Gay health: access to healthcare

Being open with your GP about your sexuality should improve your access to the NHS services you need.

Health checks for gay men and women

Some gay people are at a higher risk of certain health conditions because of their lifestyle, and so need regular screening.

Sexual health for gay and bisexual men

How to spot the symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, plus information on sexual health check-ups.

Sexual health for lesbian and bisexual women

The risks are lower, but women who have sex with women can still pass on sexually transmitted infections.

Sexual arousal in women

What happens in a woman's body when she is sexually aroused, from initial excitement to after orgasm.

Sexual arousal in men

The four stages of male sexual arousal, including excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.

Financial problems and relationships

Financial problems can put pressure on your relationship. Taking practical action can help ease the strain.

Gay health: having children

More gay men and women are becoming parents. Read about the methods available and implications.

Gay health: drugs, alcohol and smoking

Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and take drugs. Find out how to get help.

Coming out

Advice if you're thinking of telling your friends or family that you're lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual.

My homophobic bullying story

Doug Faulkner recalls how he was bullied every day during his time at secondary school.

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

More gay men are living with HIV than ever before. Find out how the virus is passed on and the treatment available.

Mental health issues if you're gay

Anxiety and depression are higher in lesbian and gay communities. Find out how to get help if you're affected.

'I have a sexual health check every six months'

Big Brother contestant Josh Rafter talks about the importance of sexual health awareness for gay men.

Richard Fairbrass

'Play safe every time'

Musician Richard Fairbrass talks about the importance of sexual health check-ups and safer sex.

Peer pressure

Sometimes it's good to wait. Find out how to deal with pressure from friends, boyfriends or girlfriends to have sex.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Tools

Free audio guides to boost your mood

Eight Moodzone mental wellbeing audio guides designed to help you better understand the problems you may be facing in your life

LGBT parent carers

Information for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender parents who care for disabled children

Adoption and fostering

Find out about adopting or fostering a child from care, what the health issues are and the post-adoption support and services you can access

Transgender health

Find out more about gender identity issues and read real stories about living as a trans person

12-week fitness plan

A 12-week exercise plan for beginners combining running and strength and flexibility workouts

Gay healthcare

Learn about the challenges and concerns that gay and bisexual men can face when needing to use healthcare services.

Media last reviewed: 11/07/2013

Next review due: 11/07/2015