Forth Valley

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

Some practice 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 there is an online educational course on LGB issues in Primary Care on the RCPG 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.

Forth Valley sexual health service provide 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, dams and lube.  We also offer free condoms by post service.

A phone line is available for information, advice and appointments on 01324 673554 Monday to Friday 8.30am-1.00pm or visit our website where you will find details of local clinics and other useful information. 

Information booklets explaining access to healthcare services in Forth Valley in several languages are available to download here

Support Organisations

For young people 13-26 the following groups are available:

Falkirk

This group runs every Thursday 6pm-8pm at Park Street Community Education Base, Park Street, Falkirk. FK1 1RE.  For further information: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/Falkirk

Clackmannanshire

The group currently meet fortnightly on a Monday from 6.30pm-8.30pm in the Bowmar Centre, Scott Crescent, Alloa. FK10 1BT.  For further information: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/clackmannanshire

Stirling

The group runs every Monday from 6pm-8pm at Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, Stirling. FK8 1SD for further information: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/stirling

Cross Board Support

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/

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland (THTS) services are available for specific HIV support in Forth Valley.  Tel: 0141 332 3838 email info.scotland@tht.org.uk or visit http://www.tht.org.uk/our-charity/Our-work/Scotland

The THT Health Promotion Specialist for the area is Michael Harkin

People living in Forth Valley can also access the following national THTS services:

Fastest Direct, the free and confidential way to test for HIV at home https://www.tht.org.uk/sexual-health/About-HIV/HIV-postal-test

MyHIV, giving free access to online services, tools and community spaces for people living with HIV in the UK www.myhiv.org.uk

Peer Support Scotland is a service where peers deliver support/advice to anyone living with HIV and Hepatitis C.

For additonal promotional items, i.e., coasters, pens, post-it notes, posters and advice sheets for clinicians and practive staff, please contact the NHS Forth Valley Health Improvement Resources Service