Gay and Bisexual Men
In a largely heterosexual world, we provide a safe space where gay and bisexual men with HIV or Hepatitis C can be themselves without having to worry about being misunderstood.
We can provide support if you are worried that you may have been at risk of contracting HIV or Hepatitis C, if you are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for some time. We offer both one-to-one support and support in many different group settings.
We recognise that many men feel isolated and we have specific peer support groups for HIV or Hepatitis C positive gay and bisexual men. From discussing how HIV or Hepatitis C impacts your sex life to talking through discrimination you may have experienced when accessing health services, our facilitators lead the groups in talking openly and discussing issues that are important to you. Issues discussed often include how to reveal your HIV status in a variety of situations, ways to navigate relationships and how to live a healthy life. If you’d prefer, you can always discuss these issues on a one-to-one basis with one of our support workers or an individual peer supporter.
To keep the groups as safe spaces, all men who come to us for the first time will begin with a one-to-one consultation before joining a group when the time is right.
If you have any concern about HIV or Hepatitis C, whether they are related to your sexuality or not – please do get in touch.
In Lothian, Gay and bisexual men, and all men who have sex with men, can also access information advice and support to improve their sexual health and wellbeing through our dedicated service, SX. To find out more, visit www.s-x.scot.
Waverley Care has joined with other organisations in endorsing a series of commitments to ensure that our support services for gay and bisexual men are welcoming and inclusive. You can read Our Promise here.