Gay and bisexual men are disproportionately affected by poor sexual health and rates of infection for most STIs remain unacceptably high.

With many of the most common STIs not displaying clear symptoms, having a regular sexual health check-up is the best way to know your status and to reduce the number of new infections.

It is now recommended that men who regularly have sex with men, particularly those having anal sex, have a regular sexual health check, including an HIV test, every 3 months.

SX offers the following testing services:

M-Test

SX is a regular venue for m-test, a weekly community sexual health testing service for gay and bisexual men, and all men who have sex with men.

The service, delivered by NHS Lothian’s ROAM Outreach team, is based in the SX Hub at 1 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, every Tuesday from 2-7:30pm. The service is drop-in, so no appointments are necessary.

M-test offers access to free, confidential and anonymous testing for:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Chlamydia

Results for HIV and Syphilis tests will be given to you at the end of your visit to the clinic, with Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea results being available via an automated phone service after one week.

In addition, you can access one-to-one support, vaccination against Hepatitis A and B, and access to advice, free condoms and lube.

SX is one of 5 community venues where m-test is offered. Additional clinics are available from:

In addition, sauna testing is usually available on Wednesdays and Thursdays at No.18 and Steamworks. Call 07774 628 227 to check times.

To find out more about the m-test service, including specific details for additional venues, visit the ROAM website here

CheckPoint

CheckPoint is a new testing service in Lothian which is available for anyone who wants to know their HIV or hepatitis status.

The project is delivered by SX, in partnership with Waverley Care, and offers a mix of appointments and drop-in clinics to suit your needs.

CheckPoint offers access to free, confidential and anonymous testing for:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Results for HIV tests will be given to you at the end of your visit. Tests for hepatitis B and C take up to two weeks to come back and we can arrange to get your results to you in a way that suits you.

In addition to testing, you can access one-to-one support and access to advice, free condoms and lube.

The service is provided from SX Hub, 3 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6NB. Appointments are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. To make an appointment, call Waverley Care on 0131 558 1425, or email checkpoint@waverleycare.org.

In addition, we offer a weekly drop-in clinic with no appointments necessary. The drop-in runs every Thursday evening from 5-7pm.

If you are unable to access an appointment, or the drop-in clinic, we may be able to arrange testing in a location to suit you. You can contact us to discuss your needs on 0131 652 3250, or by emailing info@s-x.scot.