Vaughan Statham, Katherine Bethell and Dan Clutterbuck
NHS Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, Chalmers Centre, Edinburgh
The health service in Scotland is divided up into 14 regional health boards; of these NHS Lothian has the second largest population with responsibility for 800,000 people. The board covers the city of Edinburgh and the more rural areas of East, Mid and West Lothian. The Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic in central Edinburgh was for several decades the established centre of local expertise in testing and treating men who have sex with men (MSM) for sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Historically this has been where services, including a dedicated Gay Men’s Clinic, were provided. However, there was a longstanding awareness that there were men who did not access this central service. Read more . . .