Freshers 2021 – Virtual Stall

Hello and welcome to Freshers Week.  

We are SX Scotland, and we’re all about improving the sex, health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and all men who have sex with men. 

Starting out at college of university is an exciting time, maybe moving away from home for the first time, getting to know a new place and meeting lots of new people. 

For LGBTI+ students, being a fresher can also mean a fresh start – where you can come out to people on your own terms, explore new relationships and feel more confident in your identity. 

These can be big changes, and people will always have questions and concerns, so we’re here to let you know that support is always available.   

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the big issues students ask us about. You can find out more about these, and lots of other issues on our website. We’re there to support all gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, including trans men.  

Coming out

When and how to come out to people is one of the biggest decisions a person from the LGBTI+ community can make.

It can help us feel more confident in our identities, and to feel more supported when it comes to other challenges that LGBTI+ people can face. But it can also be a daunting process.

If you’re thinking of coming out, we’ve collected a series of Coming Out stories, that can hopefully reassure and inspire you to share your own story. Here’s Levi’s

If you’ve got questions or concerns about coming out, you can get in touch with us for support. Find out more here

STI Testing

A big part of our work at SX is to make it as easy as possible for guys to access sexual health testing.  

We know it can be a difficult talking about sex, but we believe that getting regular STI checks should be no different to looking after any other aspect of your health. 

Across Scotland there are lots of testing options available, from sexual health clinics and GPs to local projects like SX and home testing kits.   

You can find out more about these options from the testing page of our site, and find services near you on our service finder

Sex and Relationships

Enjoying good sex is every bit as important to our sexual health and wellbeing as regular testing for STIs.  

We provide lots of information to help you enjoy a pleasurable, consensual and health sex life, including: 

Free Condoms

When it comes to sexual health, the trusty combo of condoms and lube remains the single most effective way to minimise the risk of STIs and HIV. 

Across Scotland, there are a range of schemes in place to make condoms and lube freely available through local community venues and in the post.

Lots of universities and colleges will make condoms freely available too. 

You can find links to local schemes, alongside lots of helpful info about condoms, here. 

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and drug use continues to play a role in the lives of lots of gay and bisexual men. 

We hear from people who tell us that alcohol and drugs help them to feel more confident and connected with partners, and to enhance the sex they are having. 

However, we also know that alcohol and drug use can become problematic, with damaging impacts for our physical, mental and sexual health. 

If you are worried about drug use, and the role it plays in your sex life, check out our Sex and Drugs page here

You can also find information to support you with your alcohol use here

Get support from SX 

At SX, we offer Scotland-wide information advice and support through this website. 

Expore, and you’ll find lots of useful information on the topics above, and so much more.

You can also get in touch with us with any questions or concerns you might have through our Live Chat service. You can start a chat, or send an offline message by clicking the icon on the bottom right of your screen. 

Alongside our online services, we also provide a range of one-to-one, peer and group support in the following locations: 

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Services including: 

  • HIV prevention and support
  • Mental health support
  • Community outreach
  • Sexual health testing
  • Condoms and Lube
  • Reporting Hate Crime 

Find out more about our Lothian services here

Forth Valley

Services including: 

  • HIV prevention and support 
  • Mental health support 
  • Community outreach 
  • Sexual health testing
  • Condoms and Lube 
  • Reporting Hate Crime 

Find out more about our Forth Valley services here

Highland and Argyll & Bute

Services including: 

  • HIV prevention and support 

Find out more about our Highland and Argyll & Bute services here. 

Find support through your college or university 

Most universities and colleges in Scotland will have active student associations, with particular groups dedicated to bringing together and supporting LGBTI+ people.  

These societies are a great way to meet new people and to find out about local support that can help you with all kinds of issues.

We’ve listed many of these groups below. See one missing? Let us know on and we’ll add it to the list.