New sexual health clinic opens

08 June 2005

A new sexual health clinic for men who have sex with men has opened at the West London Centre for Sexual Health at Charing Cross Hospital.

A new sexual health clinic for men who have sex with men has opened at the West London Centre for Sexual Health at Charing Cross Hospital.

The clinic, called WEST 6, is open every Tuesday from 5:30–7:30pm and offers one hour HIV testing, information, advice, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations, free condoms and lubricants.

Health Adviser at the clinic Simon Paragreen said: “We had started to notice a drop in the number of men within this group, coming to our general clinics. Men who have sex with men are at a higher risk of contracting HIV and sexually transmitted infections so its important that they have access to our services.”

“We decided to carry out a survey to ask for men’s views. The results revealed that 60 per cent of those we asked said they were more likely to attend the clinic if there was a designated service—which is why we have set up WEST 6.”

WEST 6 runs an appointment system with a limited walk in services. To make an appointment please call 020 8846 1567 or for information and advice call the Health Advisers on 020 8846 1579.

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