• HIV

    Whether you are newly diagnosed with HIV, a long-term survivor, or are motivated to protect your sexual health, SASH offers a range of free and confidential services to enhance your wellbeing. SASH offers one-to-one support as well as weekly peer groups for those living with HIV. For a group timetable, click here.

    We understand that an HIV diagnosis can be a life-changing event, and you may have questions about your health and treatment; how to maintain happy and healthy sexual relationships; how to tell your friends, family or colleagues; thinking about starting or extending your family; or concerns about practical issues such as finances or housing.

    We believe that an HIV diagnosis does not define you, but can be a part of a full life. Our HIV aware team is here to help you achieve that with peer group support, care coordination, coaching, or counselling.

    If you are HIV negative but concerned you may be at risk of HIV, we can support you to find ways to enjoy healthy and confident sexual relationships; to access HIV and STI screening services, and to learn more about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (also known as PrEP) which can be taken to prevent you contracting HIV before exposure, or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) which can be taken up to 72 hours following possible exposure to the virus.

    If you are a professional who supports people who may be at risk of, living with, or affected by HIV, we can provide your staff and service users with training workshops to increase awareness.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

  • LGBT+

    If you identify as LGBT+, SASH is the place where you can come to talk to someone safely and confidentially about anything related to your sexuality or gender identity. All of our services are completely free from judgement, and you will be welcomed and understood by our team. Lots of members of our SASH team are LGBT themselves, and have had long careers in sexual health.

    SASH is delivered by long-established sexual health providers, including the UK’s oldest LGBT organisation, London Friend. Team SASH benefits from the expertise of Turning Point, NAZ, METRO, and Marie Stopes UK. Each of these organisations have long histories of providing support with an LGBT focus.

    We provide a mixed model of support to LGBT residents, which includes group support, counselling or one to one coaching. We can give you the tools to keep yourself safe from STIs, including advice on medication to prevent and protect yourself from HIV.

    The LGBT community faces issues that their heterosexual counterparts may not: the rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are higher. Chemsex is a concerning issue that damages many lives. We can also work with you around any experiences involving homophobia, transphobia, or partner violence.

    We understand the link between sexual health and emotional health.  We believe that confidence in your identity and sexuality is key to a safe and enjoyable sex life, and to your wellbeing, and we want everyone who identifies as LGBT to feel safe and confident to do just that.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

  • BAME

    We are dedicated to supporting Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities to maintain good sexual health. This is such important work because BAME communities continue to be disproportionately affected by poor sexual health. This is not right, and we passionately believe that these communities deserve better than this.

    Through routine testing and treating STIs we can begin to tackle this problem head on. Our BAME engagement work seeks to reach into communities to meet people who find taking care of their sexual health a struggle, and help them get the support they need. Whether booking an appointment, coming to terms with or fear of diagnosis, changing sexual behaviours or recovering from trauma – SASH can help.

    Our dedicated BAME focused engagement team reaches out to BAME communities, delivering workshops and events to provide advice and support and guide residents through the complete SASH process.  You can refer yourself or book a workshop for your community group.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

  • Young people

    Our brilliant young people’s team works with 15-25 year olds to increase knowledge and improve sexual health. Our work with young people is driven by partnerships with colleges, community groups, and hostels to deliver workshops, drop-ins, and one-to-one support.

    While experimentation with sex and relationships is natural for young people, it can also be a time of uncertainty or stress. You may be questioning your sexuality or gender identity, or you may need a little information to keep yourself safe – knowing what contraception and support is available, as well as being aware of your rights and the law.

    Our job is to help you make informed choices, and manage the consequences. If you are looking for help around some of the following themes, we can help:

    • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), contraception, pregnancy, or access to abortion care.
    • Advice or information about your sexuality or gender identity: including coming out, socialising, and dealing with homophobia or transphobia.
    • Knowing your rights and the law; understanding consent, relationships and friendships.
    • Online behaviour, such as keep yourself safe on dating apps, and being able to question what you see in porn.

    You can speak to our team for an informal chat or to get some support. Or if you are an institution or organisation and you would like to organise workshops or outreach, please get in touch.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

  • Women's health

    We believe that all women should be able to have a safe and satisfying sex life, and the freedom to decide if or when to have children. SASH offers tailored services so that women can maintain good sexual and reproductive health.

    You need access to accurate information and the safe contraception method of your choice. We can help you to become informed and empowered to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, and have access to safe abortion care. And if you decide to have children, you must have access to services to help you throughout pregnancy and delivery.

    At SASH some the services we provide for women include:

    • Chaperone services for women to access sexual health clinics, appointments, or cervical screenings
    • Appointments for long term contraception such coil fitting
    • Supporting women who are survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) through counselling support, and signposting to medical services
    • Community workshops on reproductive health
    • Information and support on abortion care.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

    A note on terminology: we acknowledge that when discussing ‘women’s health’ and reproductive health, we refer to cisgender women. Sexual health is vital for everyone, and we’re committed to working with people regardless of their gender. Find out about how we work with transgender women, as well as the full spectrums of gender and sexuality, in the LGBT section of this page.

     

  • Peer mentoring

    Our Peer Mentors are volunteers with lived experience who want to inspire and support those who might be at risk of having poor sexual health.

    We are looking for volunteer mentors join our team. Could this be you? We would love to hear from:

    • Those who identify as LGBTQ+
    • MSM (men who have sex with men)
    • People living with HIV
    • Those from BAME communities

    You don’t need qualifications or formal experience, as we will provide you with the training and support needed, which leads to a Level 2 qualification. Once trained as a Peer Mentor you will work with your mentee to identify or re-evaluate goals and set targets that will lead to positive changes in the mentee’s life.

    As a Peer Mentor you will go through our training programme, which consists of six sessions that will give you the tools to support your mentee. You will then spend around two hours each week with your mentee, including face to face meeting as well as making a record of your session.

    If you think that Peer Mentoring could be for you, we’d love you to apply. Please download and read the Role Description, then fill in the Application Form. Alternatively, if you have any questions, contact the SASH team on 020 7851 2955 or info@SASHlondon.org

     

  • Sex work

    SASH has a specialist team who have dedicated their working lives to supporting sex workers and those working in the adult industries. Our team previously worked within the Praed Street Project and SWISH Project and have now brought that experience to SASH. We deliver a tailored service to sex workers and aim to support you with your sexual health and general wellbeing. We are board members of the National Ugly Mug project.

    We can help you if:

    • You need help with finding a sexual health clinic, or want to know more about sexual health issues
    • You have problems with landlords, housing, or your finances
    • You want somewhere confidential to talk about a work issue, a personal issue or find out more about other adult industry subjects.

    We know that many adult workers are satisfied with life, but we do help people who want practical support about a range of issues, counselling or emotional support, are experiencing domestic assault, or workplace violence. You can speak confidentially to us first in a safe environment.

    We run three drop-in sessions where – without appointment – you can find out more about us, collect supplies, have a sexual health check up and get support or information. In the interest of confidentiality and the sensitive nature of sex work, we don’t publish the times and dates of these online, but you can call our specialist team and we will let you know when to come along.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

  • Chemsex

    ‘Chemsex’ is a term for taking disinhibiting drugs such as crystal meth, GHB, GBL and mephedrone to aid sexual experiences. We frequently see chemsex among men who have sex with men (MSM). Often, these chemsex sessions happen over extended periods of time and with multiple partners.

    SASH offers a confidential service for anyone involved in chemsex, with free, non-judgemental advice. This could be support to quit or cut down, or just a safe space for you to discuss and explore your behaviour, thoughts and beliefs related to drugs, sex and relationships. Our chemsex specialists understand the chemsex scene, through years of both professional and personal experience.

    Amongst those who are practicing chemsex already, there’s a real need for reliable and accurate information on the risks of harm. We know how difficult it can be to stop practicing chemsex once you have started, and that it’s tough to re-engage with sober relationships or sexual experiences afterwards. If you are struggling with cravings, or think you need to get high to have sex; if you feel alone, isolated or insecure; or if you just want to get more information, SASH can help.

    We also offer take-home support kits to help you to be safe while practising chemsex: we can offer a needle exchange service, condoms, and gloves for fisting, to help you to play safely.

    To learn more or get help, please give our team a call on 020 7851 2955 or email info@SASHLondon.org

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