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With locations and events across London you can access all our sexual health & well-being services free at the point of use.

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HIV Testing & Free Condoms @ Halfway to Heaven

December 8 @ 3:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Halfway To Heaven, WC2N 4JF

HIV Testing & Free Condoms @ Ealing Lido

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ealing Lido Centre, W13 9LA

HIV Testing & Free Condoms @ Brunel University

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brunel University Meeting House, UB8 2DE

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Free Services

Instant HIV Testing Available for people aged 16 and over who are London residents.

Why do I need a HIV Test

  • Testing is quick, free, easy to do and gives you an immediate result.
  • Knowing your HIV status is important. If you’re positive you can get early treatment which is highly effective and will keep you healthy. If you’re negative you can make sure you keep protecting yourself.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our face to face testing service is reduced. However, we are providing you with three options to get the test done.

HIV Testing

Condoms, lube and safer sex packs

In response to COVID-19, we are currently offering free condoms and lube postal service for men who have sex with men and anyone needing them.

Why do I need condoms and lube?

  • Condoms are the cheapest and most effective way to protect yourself from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Condoms come in many sizes and shapes – try out a few and see which ones suit you best.
  • If you’re having anal sex, or for vaginal comfort, it’s good to use lube.

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Peer Services for People of Trans Experience

Spectra offers arrange of services to trans, non-binary and gender-diverse people. Spectra’s services are delivered by people of trans experience themselves in a friendly, safe, confidential, non-judgmental and accessible space.

Our Trans Services

  • Social Groups
  • Counselling
  • 1-2-1 Mentoring, Advocacy and Signposting
  • Workshops

Go to our trans services page for more information.

Trans Services

Spectra Youth Service – Student Spectra

Student Spectra provides support and information around relationships, sexual health, and well-being to young people aged 13 and over. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential. We work across London, but some services are limited by borough.

What do we offer?

  • 1:1 mentoring support
  • Counselling support
  • LGBTQ+ counselling
  • LGBTQ+ youth groups
  • Sexual health services
  • RSE information sessions

Student Spectra

STI Screening, Health Checks and Support

Please note that our face to face testing service is now suspended due to the current Coronavirus pandemic until further notice.

How we do STI Screening?

Are you worrying about any Sexually Transmittable Infections (STIs) other than HIV? We have partnered with some NHS services to provide STI self-sampling service.

We have the STI sampling kits. Or, you can bring your own (free order available from https://www.shl.uk). The service provides testing for a range of sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C via samples you collect here. We will help you to collect your blood sample. This service is available to people aged 16 and over who are London residents.

STI Screening

What are the benefits of health check?

  • Getting your BMI and blood pressure checked puts you in the driving seat to make healthy choices.
  • Knowing your HIV status is important. If you’re positive you can get early treatment which is highly effective and will keep you healthy. If you’re negative you can make sure you keep protecting yourself.
  • Having a health check allows you to have the space to talk to our trained staff about concerns and health issues.

Health Checks

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Mission & Aims

Spectra delivers supportive, knowledgeable, non-judgemental peer-based services to under-served communities.

For our Communities

  • Increased emotional resilience and wellbeing
  • Improved physical and sexual health
  • Greater understanding of and confidence in their identity, and greater feelings of safety
  • An increased sense of community and peer support, and reduced isolation
  • New skills and employability, increased knowledge, and confidence to access other services
  • Services that are more inclusive and appropriate to people’s needs

For Funders

  • Intelligence and analysis to inform policy
  • Evidence on costs in relation to return on investment, and value for money
  1. Aim 1: Empowering people to achieve their life aspirations, and make positive choices about their health, wellbeing and social welfare.

  2. Aim 2: Reduce stigma, discrimination and inequalities by providing accurate information, education, and case-based advocacy support.

  3. Aim 3: Challenge, Inform, and Influence public policy in areas of gender, sexuality, trans status, intersectionality and social stigma.

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Our work & Clients

We provide peer based support through:

  • Outreach
  • Groups – social and therapeutic
  • One to one support
  • Health screening and individual assessment
  • Counselling
  • Training and consultation on sexual health, sexuality and gender identities

 

 

 

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Spectra work with all those who need our services. Our main client groups are:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • Trans and non-binary people and those questioning their gender identity
  • Black and minority ethnic people of all sexualities and gender identities
  • Young people
  • LGBTQ

 

 

 

 

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Testimonials

“Really amazing team, that goes the extra mile”

Thank you for doing a wonderful job in raising awareness amongst the gay community. Only through actions like this and people like you, will we stand strong and united. Best wishes for all the team!

“Spectra always go the extra distance……”

I wanted to officially thank Spectra for your work with us over National HIV Testing Week 2017 in Kingston. Fantastic to work with your team, all experienced and show such professional enthusiasm.  A model we will repeat again for sure.

I would also add that the liaison with Anthony, Spectra Programme and Volunteer Manager, has always been excellent, friendly and efficient. Spectra are always ready to say ‘yes’ and go the extra distance in terms of getting our local needs met in planning NHTW activities, and other outreach projects.

“for maybe the first time am not feeling so alone in this journey/ general climate of hostility”

Maybe not as tough as things have been for so many, but have really really struggled so far & past few years trying to hold my head above suicidal has been the goal each day. Feel like I’ve found a home & a safe(r) place to be able to exist. Difficult to put this feeling into words. Especially as a transitioning parent, having somebody like Jack facilitate, kinda rocked my small world in ways bigger than I have words for. Endless love & thank you from places deeper than I can express.

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