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Gay, Bisexual and Men Who Have sex with Men
Gay, Bisexual and Men who have Sex with Men
At SWISH we advise men who have sex with men to have a routine sexual health check-up at least once a year. SWISH is currently offering online STI testing. If you are a man who has sex with other men and do not have any symptoms and are looking to have a sexual health check-up please click the link below.
STIs will take time to show on a test, so please consider the information below before taking a test. If a test is done too early, it will not be accurate. It is better to wait to take the test if you don’t have symptoms.
- It can take two weeks after sex, for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea to show up on a test
- An HIV test is highly accurate 4 weeks after sex and 100% accurate 8 weeks after sex
- Syphilis can take up to at least 12 weeks to show infection after sex
Click here to complete the triage page to and order a test.
Click here to see how you take your blood sample.
Click here to read some of the fequently asked questions we get asked about online testing
Safer Sex Packs
You can access free condoms and lube through our service.
The Safer Sex Pack contains 24 condoms and 24 water based lube sachets. Safer sex packs can be sent as a one off pack, or dispatched to you by post quarterly.
Click here to complete the form for our condoms by post
Our SWISH clinics offer:
- Sexual health check-ups
- HIV testing
- Treatment for STIs and referral for HIV care
- Vaccinations click here to read about what those are
- Condoms and lube
- Information and advice about sexual health and safer sex
- Information on PrEP
- How to access Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
- Information and advice about chem sex
To make an appointment at one of our regular clinics Click Here
If you have multiple partners, we suggest you come and have a check-up every three months. This is important because many men don’t have any symptoms when they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or HIV, which increases the risk of harming their own health, and passing on the infection to their sexual partners.
STI symptoms can include:
- Discharge coming from your penis or rectum
- Pain when peeing or peeing more often than normal
- Lumps, bumps, sores or wounds on your genitals
- A rash on your body feet and hands
If you have any symptoms like these, please try to see us as soon as possible
As a man who has sex with men, we would encourage you to know:
- How HIV and other STIs are transmitted
- Your HIV status
- The vaccines you are eligable for
- How often and where to get tested for HIV and STIs
- About PEP and when you need to take it
- About PrEP and how to access
- About chem sex, should this be part of your sex life