New face-to-face sexual health service launched in London

Tony Grew May 1, 2008
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Gay men who would like to discuss sexual health questions in person will be able to do so today with the launch of a new service.

Terrence Higgins Trust is also launching a phone service called the London Gay Men’s Sexual Health Helpline.

Gay men can call or visit THT’s offices in central London for information and advice on sexually transmitted infections, HIV, condom use and other issues.

“THT Direct already provides a huge range of information and support to people who need it,” said Willie Turnbull, head of the new services.

“At the moment, we help around 550 people a month. We’re looking forward to being able to increase this with these two new services.”

Calls will be managed by current THT Direct staff and volunteer teams, with an additional post being recruited.

The service is part of the Pan London HIV Prevention Programme contracts announced in March.

The London Gay Men’s Sexual Health Helpline will be available on 0845 231 0600 from 10am – 10pm Monday to Friday and 12pm – 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

The face to face service takes place at THT’s office in Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross. Initial assessments and appointments will be made through THT Direct on 0845 122 1200.

For further information on either of these services call THT Direct on 0845 12 21 200 or the London Gay Men’s Sexual Health Helpline on 0845 231 0600.

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