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LGBT Info and Advice



LGBT Info and Advice

Someone’s sexuality is often an important part of their sex life, as it may define who and what you find attractive, and how you choose to express yourself sexually. For some people, sexuality might form a key part of their identity, while for others, sexuality might exist on more of a spectrum and common terms might not quite describe how they feel. For some people, sexuality might be strongly linked to their partner’s gender, but for others, this may be less important.

‘LGBT’ is an acronym which describes some of the diversity in peoples sexuality, covering different types of same-sex attraction, such as lesbian, gay and bisexual. The T also covers trans identities too, which cover people who feel that their birth gender doesn’t match with how they feel. Typically, trans people have been included with the sexuality identities in ‘LGBT’ as diverse genders and sexualities often faced similar experiences and challenges.

Feeling comfortable in who you are

While LGBT rights and attitudes have come on a long way in recent years, LGBT people can still face discrimination and prejudice within society. At AXESS Sexual Health, it’s really important to us that you feel empowered and supported around your sexuality. Feeling open and able to talk about the different aspects of your sexuality can be an important part of having good sexual health.

You can expect that our staff will be friendly, knowledgeable and non-judgemental, and will be able to offer you advice and services that are right for you.

LGBT services at AXESS:

As an LGBT person you can access any of our services to receive confidential and friendly support. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable to be open about your sexuality, as there are specific services we can offer you, which might be important for different LGBT people:

For gay and bisexual men:

  • Extra STI tests which will cover different types of sex, such as oral or anal sex.
  • Vaccinations for Hep B or HPV.
  • HIV prevention tools, such as PEP or PrEP, which can help keep someone HIV negative.
  • Support around issues such as chemsex.

For gay and bisexual women:

  • STI screening and contraception advice which is right for you.
  • Cervical screening.

Trans people:

We run a dedicated Trans Sexual Health Service in Liverpool, the Butterfly Clinic, which runs on Monday from 15:00 - 18:00 (Appointments only), which is located in our main AXESS clinic, on the 1st floor of the Royal Liverpool Hospital. For advice or to make an appointment please call 0151 706 2623. The Butterfly Clinic offers:

  • Information on safer sex and testing, tailored to trans people.
  • Sensitive support by knowledgeable staff.
  • We avoid using gendered waiting areas and can help you with the correct services which are right for you (this could include appropriate STI tests for trans people pre and post gender re-assignment surgery, ongoing access to cervical screens, or HIV prevention tools such as PrEP).