NHS Sexual Health
The Solent NHS Trust provides a full range of sexual health services including free postal STI testing kits, free condoms/lube and access to PrEP (HIV Prevention Medication).
They are a lovely, diverse team who do not judge and use pronouns respectfully.
Appointments are private and confidential.
The Isle of Wight clinic is based at St. Mary’s Hospital in Newport.
Having unprotected penetrative sex is the most likely way to pass on a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Using a condom helps protect against HIV and lowers the risk of getting many other STIs.
A survey of gay and bisexual men by Stonewall revealed that 1 in 3 men had never had an HIV test, and 1 in 4 had never been tested for any STI.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) should have a check-up at least every 6 months at a sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic.
This is important, as some STIs do not cause any symptoms.