LGBTQ+ Project

LGBTQ+ Project

Alan Crabbe, Project Co-ordinator has run the LGBTQ+ project since 1991, when it was formerly known as ‘man to man’. The project has expanded and changed over the years and now Alan dedicates his time to working with the LGBTQ+ community, swingers, sex workers and those who work in the industry. He also provides advice and support to those living with learning disability.

Alan is very experienced in LGBTQ+ support and sees people from all walks of life regarding their sexuality, sexual orientation, providing advice with regards to safer sex, risk reduction and safety.

Support

Support

LGBTQ+

Sex Work/Industry

  • Working with commercial sex workers, ‘street workers’ and those in the adult entertainment industry
  • Support and advice, signposting
  • Staying safe at work

Learning disabilities

  • Support and advice for those living with a learning disability
  • Providing support for those caring for them
Where you can find us

Where you can find us

The LGBTQ+ project maintains a presence at  local Pride eventsNational HIV testing week, World AIDs day, Exeter University freshers fayre, and Tiverton college freshers week. As well as providing LGBTQ+ specific support, education and training to local support groups such as No. 3 (LGBT Tiverton), Xplore (Youth, North Devon and Exeter) and St Petrocks homeless centre.

Referrals

Referrals

Alan is based at Devon Sexual Health, Exeter (NHS walk in centre) in Sidwell Street, and can see people for pre-booked appointments here at the clinic or can, by arrangement, meet at a mutually convenient public place.

Referrals can be accepted from health care professionals via the sexual health clinic, your GP, the Laurels etc or by Self referral. If you are under 16 and have self referred, Alan may need to speak to a healthcare professional, here at the clinic, about your visit, to make sure that you are safe.

Alan is currently away from the office. We would recommend contacting the experienced team at the Intercom Trust in the first instance: available here

If you, or someone you know has experienced rape of sexual assault you can find advice and support here.

Are you a male and a survivor of sexual abuse or assault? do you need advice or support? please click here

If you have experienced hate crime? report it here

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

We are currently prioritising these groups for coil and implant (LARC) fits:

  • Those with vulnerabilities including but not limited to those who are: <18, attending abortion and maternity services, homeless, sex workers, victims of sexual assault, people with language barriers, drug and alcohol problems, learning disability, serious mental illness
  • Those aged <30 years

More details on LARC fittings at our service are found here

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info