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 (LGB) people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that people with same-sex partners may have a higher risk of contracting certain conditions, for instance lesbians may have a higher risk of breast cancer and gay men are at higher risk of HIV. Gay men, lesbian women and bisexual people may also be less likely to take advantage of screening and other health checks so health problems are not picked up as early as they could be.
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Society tells us there are two genders – male and female, but gender is often something much more open and fluid. If you are ‘gender variant’ you may identify as male and female and switch between presenting as male, female or a mixture of both.
Trans* people are brought up to be one gender – usually the one we were assigned at birth - but we may identify more with the other gender or with both.
There are a number of possible approaches to dealing with this experience and celebrating our lives as we actually are. Some approaches will be right for some people, others will be right for others. There is no one path that fits everybody, no single correct choice and no magic wands.
The best solution is to accept who you are and how you wish to live your life, and to embrace this. The choices you make about expressing yourself in terms of gender should flow from that.
Being Trans can affect you’re your sexuality and sexual health. Wherever you stand in terms of whom you’re attracted to and how you’re attracted to them, it is important to care for your wellbeing, sexual and emotional health.
For information on gender and sexual health for Trans men click here
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Information on Sexualised Drug use ‘Chem Sex’
If you using drugs whilst having sex, known as ‘Chem Sex’, it’s important to consider your sexual health. There is a dedicated website for gay and bisexual men who want more information or support on sexualised drug use called Friday – Monday. This website is provided by the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Check out http://www.tht.org.uk/friday-monday
Terrence Higgins Trust can also support men locally who would like support for ‘chem sex’ call 01323 649927
You can also view the Think Drink Drugs website – a dedicated website on drug and Alcohol for East Sussex
For information on gender and sexual health for Trans women click here