Support

Need some advice or just simply somebody to talk to? Depending on what type of support you need, whether it be sexual health or mental health (both can absolutely be related to one another), take a look at some external support networks that are there to help you! If you would like more information on how we can support you on a one-to-one basis then please visit the bottom of the page for more information.

PLEXUS (LGBT+ OU STUDENTS)

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For LGBT students DESTIGMATIZE has teamed up with PLEXUS – an open university’s LGBT+ Group which provides a safe space for students to engage and access support. PLEXUS was formally established in July 2016 and has already began to take strides in ensuring LGBT+ students do not feel isolated during throughout their studies.

PLEXUS  are proud to support DESTIGMATIZE in the education of HIV status, prevention and supporting those living with HIV and AIDS. If you’re an OU student please visit www.ouplexus.co.uk to find out more and to join. You don’t have to self-define as LGBT+ to join!

If you are a student at an other institution please seek out your LGBT+ Society and or your Students’ Union to seek general advise and support!

Local and national HIV/LGBT charities (UK only)

*All charities specialise in supporting those living with HIV

Terrance Higgins Trust – 0808 802 1221

George House Trust – 0161 2744 499

NAT (National AIDS Trust) – 020 7814 6767

LGBT Foundation – 0345 3 30 30 30

If your query is PEP related and you feel you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours then please visit your local sexual health clinic and/or A&E department which you can find here

If you plan on self-harming or having suicidal thoughts we recommend you immediately call Samartitans who offer confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair – 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

At DESTIGMATIZE our aim is always to support as many individuals as possible regardless of gender, sexual orientation and HIV status, however, we need to stress that we’re not professional counsellors nor are we professional health care advisers. We are happy to speak to you on a on-to-one basis if you have a question that needs to be answered or you may just like to have some direct reassurance and/or some friendly support. If you’d like to speak to us directly please fill in the form below and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.