NHS Choices: Gay Health

NHS Choices


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.




Gay health: having children

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




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, lesbian or bisexual

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




Peer pressure

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