LGBT History Month – February 2018

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February is LGBT History Month, and this year with it being the year of the Young Person, the Scottish Government has launched “When We Were Young”. It is encouraging us to look at previous generations of LGBT young people and how experiences have evolved over the years, or we could bring together the young and the young-at-heart to celebrate the ways in which Scotland has changed.  There are a number of events taking place across the country to celebrate LGBT History Month please Click Here to find out more.

 

As part of LGBT History month you could also take part in Purple Friday which is held on the last Friday of the month (Friday 23rd).  Purple Friday aims to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and allows a platform for you to show your support for LGBTI equality.

Purple Friday was first celebrated in Canada in 2010 and purple signifies the purple stripe on the LGBT Rainbow flag which stands for spirit. In Scotland, Purple Friday is in support of LGBT Youth Scotland and we ask you to take action, stand for equality and inclusion, and help us make Scotland the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up.

Click on this link Click here to down load a participation guide on what you can do to support LGBT History Month.

Sexual Health and BBV Training Dates for 2018 – 2019

Training is offered free of charge to anyone who lives, works or studies in Ayrshire & Arran. Full details of all training courses can be found in our Sexual Health and BBV Training Brochure and our calendar can be accessed by clicking here.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Get your CCard

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Did you know that you can get a card (Ccard) that allows you to get free condoms for a variety of outlets, across Ayrshire. To obtain a card you need to sign up. This involves a short confidential discussion with a Sign Up Facilitator, they will talk about condom or dam use, what to do if a condom bursts, sexually transmitted infections and, if necessary, sexual health or relationship issues, and they will direct you to other professionals, if necessary. Although the Sign Up Facilitator will ask for your name, address and age, the only information that you have to give is the first part of your postcode and your date of birth. You will then be given your C Card. Click here for a list of Sign Up points.

Once you have your Ccard, you can use this is a number of outlets across Ayrshire ranging from pharmacies, to youth clubs and some GP surgeries, for a full list of distribution points Click here

Free HIV Test and Results

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is now offering a FREE 20min HIV test and result. Find out your HIV status at the confidential “Fastest” clinic through a simple finger-prick blood test with swift results.

Tuesday night drop in 5-8pm, no appointment necessary.

For more information call 0141 332 3838 or email info.scotland@tht.org.uk

Advice About Contraception

If you need help or advice about your contraceptive needs, ask to speak to a pharmacist prescriber.

Toll Pharmacy

Ayr Road, Prestwick
Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 5.30pm
Or ask the pharmacy team by calling 01292 478244

Boot’s Pharmacy
High Street, Ayr
Saturday mornings from 9am till 12 noon
Or ask the pharmacy team by calling 01292 269323

Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran.