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LGBT services

We offer a full contraception and advice service including 'walk-in' services and clinics. Click here for more information. 


Sexual health screening is available to everyone at our clinic, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, age or sexuality. You don’t need your GP to refer you and it is free, including medication. 

The clinic aims to offer an inclusive and confidential service to all individuals whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or trans*. 

We have developed 2 clinics specifically focused on the health and wellbeing of our LGBT* community: LGBT+ and The Gauge clinic (see below).

If you have questions regarding your sexuality or about what a trip to our clinic might involve for you please see the sources of information below, give us a call or just pop in for a chat. 

Both clinics offer a full Sexual Health screening service including tests for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as vaccinations against Hepatitis B. We can provide information, advice and support covering a range of subjects around safer sex, risk reduction, chemsex support and issues around sexuality.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

If you think you have been at risk of an HIV exposure then you might be eligible for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). This is a month-long course of HIV drugs that someone takes very soon after sex which had a risk of HIV transmission. The drugs are the same as those taken by people with HIV.  The sooner PEP is started, the more likely it is to work; within 24 hours is best, but no later than 72 hours (3Days).  After 72 hours PEP is unlikely to work.

Pep is available from the clinic during our opening times.  If we are closed then DON'T DELAY, go to A&E for an assessment as the sooner you start to take the medication, the better chance you have of preventing HIV.


A new clinic aimed specifically for those in our community who identify as LGBT* or just somewhere on the spectrum.  We are able to provide our full range of services during this clinic including rapid HIV testing (60 seconds) for those at high risk or just pop in for a friendly chat.  Want to book a specific time?  Appointments are available to book or just walk in every Monday, 4pm to 6.30pm.

The Gauge Clinic

This clinic is specifically for men who have sex with men. Following our pilot in 2014 The Gauge Clinic is a walk in service and take place every Wednesday, 8am to 10am.

A full sexual health screening service including tests for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, rapid HIV testing (60 seconds), Hepatitis B and C as well as vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, free treatment and advice.

These clinics will be at The Florey Unit, 21a Craven Road, Reading RG1 5LE.


Important message from Public Health England


Be Syphilis Aware-Get Tested, Get Treated:


Public Health England has advised that there has been a recent increase in the number of people diagnosed with syphilis in the Berkshire area. Sexual Health/Genito-urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics in the local area are advising people to be 'Syphilis Aware' and get tested and treated to stop the spread of infection.

  • Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is usually caught by having sex with someone who is infected.
  • Symptoms can begin with painless but highly infectious sores on the genitals, or sometimes around the mouth; anyone who has close contact with the sore, typically during sexual contact, can also become infected.
  • Syphilis can enter your body during vaginal, anal or oral sex, or by sharing sex toys with someone who is infected.
  • The sore lasts two to six weeks before disappearing. However, the bug remains in your body and can cause serious harm over time if not treated;
  • The risk of transmission of infection is significantly reduced by using condoms/dental dams for sexual contact, including for oral sex or with sex toys.
  • Syphilis can be passed on even if someone has no symptoms and also in later stage of infection (not just during the ‘primary’ stage).
  • Syphilis is completely curable and can be treated easily with an antibiotic (usually by injection).
  • If you are concerned about syphilis, then call NHS 111 or check on-line at NHS Choices at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/syphilis/pages/introduction.aspx or come to your local Sexual Health/Genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic for assessment and advice.

Please drop in to our walk-in clinic or Gauge Clinic if you are concerned.

You can find details of your local GUM clinics at http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Genito-Urinary-Medicine/LocationSearch/686




Useful Contacts

The Florey
Sexual Health & Contraceptive Services
21a Craven Road

0118 322 7202

Related sites and useful information


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    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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