GMFA – the gay men’s health charity
in London, United Kingdom
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The NHS provides over 30 GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinics across London, offering free HIV testing and sexual health screening.
more that 30 clinics
GMFA is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to gay men’s health. GMFA is the gay men’s health branch of the Health Equality and Rights Organisation (HERO) which works to reduce health inequalities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* communities.
GMFA was founded in 1992, to address the fact that gay men were the group most likely to become infected by HIV in the UK. At that time, hardly any resources specifically targeted gay men. GMFA quickly earned a reputation for delivering frank, honest and often sexy campaigns for gay men.
We believe that the most effective health promotion for gay men comes from gay men themselves. For this reason, we use the knowledge and skills of our volunteers, most of them gay men, to design and plan our sexual health projects. These include advertising campaigns and booklets; FS magazine; HIV testing services; support for gay men living with HIV; free workshops for gay men – and this website.
HIV and sexual health remain at the heart of our work but we also seek to reduce other health inequalities that gay men suffer. Gay men are more likely to smoke, have concerns about their alcohol consumption and take recreational drugs than heterosexual men, and all of these have a negative impact on gay men’s health.
GMFA’s work aims to improve gay men’s health by increasing the control that they have over their own lives. We do this by providing information, support and guidance, free from judgment, and using the same language that gay men will use conversationally with each other. Our goal is that no gay man suffers poor health as a result of his sexuality. Through our work we will enable gay men to enjoy better choices, better health – and great sex.
GMFA relies on the support and generosity of individuals from the gay community, and the men and women who value this community. This support is vital in enabling us to continue providing men with the information and support that they need to live happy, healthier lives.