Sexual health service targets Fife’s gay men

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HIV and sexual health charity THT Scotland has launched a project in Fife to provide a better level of sexual health information for gay and bisexual men.

In the UK, gay and bisexual men remain the group most at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

However, in Fife, the lack of an open gay scene and the relative ‘invisibility’ of gay and bi men can make it difficult to ensure men have the information they need to protect themselves.

Funded by NHS Fife, THT Scotland’s new project will proactively seek out local gay and bisexual men, through a range of approaches including using the online networks where men meet.

Staff will offer advice about sexual health – either over the internet or face to face – including how to guard against infection, and where to get tested if they’ve put themselves at risk.

Robert McKay, National Development Manager for THT Scotland, said: “We won’t just be providing them with information, but also finding out what their needs are when it comes to sexual health. This information is vital to knowing how sexual health services should be targeted in future.”