Gay men, lesbians and bisexual (LGB) people have the same health needs as straight people. If you’re gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness.
However, research shows that people with same-sex partners may have a higher risk of contracting certain conditions, for instance lesbians may have a higher risk of breast cancer and gay men are at higher risk of HIV.
Gay men, lesbian women and bisexual people may also be less likely to take advantage of screening and other health checks so health problems are not picked up as early as they could be.
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If you are using drugs whilst having sex, known as ‘Chem Sex’, it’s important to consider your sexual health. There is a dedicated website for gay and bisexual men who want more information or support on sexualised drug use called Friday – Monday. This website is provided by the Terrence Higgins Trust.
You can also view the Think Drink Drugs website – a dedicated website on drug and Alcohol for East Sussex.