Ayrshire & Arran

Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men need reassurance that they are entitled to equality, care and confidentiality

Some health care environments may be more conducive to disclosure

For additional information about the specific health needs of MSM and how to signpost to relevant services and sources of support see our fact files

Many MSM will at some point in their lives experience Hate Crime or Hate Incidents. For additional information

For additional guidance to assist in encouraging MSM to disclose their sexuality

For additional information and training on equality and diversity for General Practitioners there is an online educational course on LGB issues in Primary Care on the RCGP website which will provide an introduction to the issues relating to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients. The estimated time to complete this is one hour.  The modules carry CPD points.

Module number 1 - Covers definitions, attitudes, epidemiology and current inequalities.  It also provides an introduction to the specific health issues relating to LGB people and discusses the ways a practice can become more accessible to LGB patients.

Module number 2 - Identifies different sub-groups within the LGB population and covers more detail on HIV and other STIs, drug use and fertility.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran have an online educational resource for all staff on LGBT which can be accessed through LearnPro (NES:Stonewall:LGBT Good Practice) or classroom based training which can be found on the public health training calendar (http://athena/publichealth/Pages/Training17.aspx).

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Sexual Health Service

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s sexual health service provides a confidential service offering testing for sexually transmitted infections; prophylaxis for HIV and Hepatitis B following high risk exposure; HIV PrEP; Hepatitis B and HPV immunisation; condoms and lube.  The condom Ccard service enables people to get free condoms via local pharmacies and there is also the option to get free condoms via post through the Get Rubbered programme.

A phone line is available for information, advice and appointments on 01294 323228. The Shayr website can also help find the details of local clinics and other useful sexual health information.

Groups and Support Organisations

Ayrshire LGBT+ Development Group

The Ayrshire LGBT+ Development Group is a multi-agency group which focuses on improving the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living, working or studying across Ayrshire.

Ayrshire LGBTQ
The Ayrshire LGBTQ group is an informal social group which is run by and for the LGBTQ community of Ayrshire. The group also extends a warm welcome to friends and family of the community. The group primarily meets at 7.30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month at LA Bowl, 7 Miller Road, Ayr, KA7 2AX.

For further information email AyrshireLGBTQ@gmail.com

East Ayrshire

East Ayrshire Council is runs a youth group for LGBT+ people and their supporters.  The group provides support for young people aged 12 to 25 years and meets weekly on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 pm in Kilmarnock town centre.  If you are interested in attending the group, contact us by louisa.mcevoy@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone on 01563 576379.

LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland's largest youth and community based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  They offer advice, 1:1 support and access to youth groups for young people across the region. https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Council is running the Open Ayrshire Group for LGBTI+ individuals. The group meets every two weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6.00 to 8.30 pm at Ayrshire College, Kilwinning Campus, Lauchlan Way, Kilwinning KA13 6DE.  Feel free to bring a friend or family member for support.  If you are interested in attending the group, contact us by emailing damiantaylor@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone on 01294 475917 / 07825 016 852.

South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire LGBT Young People Group (SAY) is a youth group who meet in Ayr and provide support for young people aged 13 to 25 years.  The group meets weekly and to attend contact us via www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/south-ayrshire  or email info@lgbtyouth.org.uk 

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland (THTS) provides several services which offer specific HIV support in Ayrshire and Arran.  THTS can be contacted by telephone on 0141 332 3838 or by email at info.scotland@tht.org.uk and well as on information including:

  • Fastest Direct is a free and confidential way to test for HIV at home, get started here.
  • myHIV is an online community with over 4,000 members which is a welcoming and safe place to meet other people living with HIV in the UK, explore the myHIV forum.
  • Peer Support Scotland is a service where peers deliver one-to-one support, peer group meetings, life skills development and training to anyone living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C, visit the website, contact by phone at 0141 206 2009 or by email, peersupportscotland@tht.org.uk

The THT Health Promotion Specialist for the area is Dave Bingham.

Promotional health materials

The NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Information and Resources Service (HIRS) provides access to a wide range of health promotion materials for professionals and the public.