Dean Street Wellbeing programme events coming up in February.

EVENTS THIS MONTH INCLUDE:-

– A Change of Scene

– Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs

– HIV Monologues

– ChemSex Monologues

– Better gay sex workshop

– Impulse London launch

– LGBT’s the Word

– PrEP info evening

– Sextroverts queer comedy

– (Details of our usual walk-in support services.)

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A Change of Scene occurs monthly, and takes place (by RSVP only) at 56 Dean Street; the next meeting being Thursday Feb 2nd. For more details of this, visit the Facebook page.

For other support groups, social, sporting or recreational activities throughout the year, please visit our Survival Kit pages.

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The HIV Monologues (theatre production); running Feb 2nd to Feb 15th, at Miranda London.

After a critically acclaimed launch at the end of 2016, Dragonflies Theatre’s new production returns in 2017, exploring HIV amongst gay men through a series of interwoven stories:

Alex knows nothing about HIV but knew he should have worn the power bottom singlet. Nick is his Tinder date who’s just been diagnosed positive. Their date is going amazingly until Nick discloses his diagnosis… And Alex reacts in the worst way. Through meeting Irene, a nurse who treated AIDS patients in the 1980s, and Barney, who was saved by the 1996 medication, Alex gets on PrEP, but will he be able to win Nick back?

Learn more, and buy tickets via the Facebook page

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Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs returns Thursday January 9th (6.30pm) with the theme of “Love”, for Valentine’s Day. In cabaret style, Queer performance artists, poets, or simply community members with an opinion will be taking to the stage and open-mic to share how ChemSex affects them, their friends or their community. It’s free and all welcome. To get an idea of what happens at Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs each month, watch this 2 min video. Visit the Facebook page here.

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ChemSex Monologues preview at JuJu’s.

Ahead of their tour of Australia this March, Dragonflies Theatew invite you to see the preview of their show “The Chemsex Monologues”, at JuJu’s, london. Join us for an evening of fundraising and theatre, before this production sets off around the world.

A nameless narrator, a sexy boy, a fag hag, and a sexual health worker explore the high world of chillouts. Direct from multiple sell-out runs in London, The Chemsex Monologues makes its international debut at Adelaide Fringe.

Read more & book tickets for the London preview here.

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Workshop; Better Gay Sex
– For Dean Street Prime members only; there is a discussion/workshop about better gay sex happening FWednesday 15th February at 1pm. Topics might include

  • What do we want from our sex/romantic lives?; bigger picture versus impulsive choices
  • How do we plan & pursue a satisfying sex life – being aware of our sexual & emotional needs/desires?
  • How can boundaries & communication skills improve our experiences of sex?
  • How can I make Grindr work for me? (profile-writing, in-message communication, compulsive use).
  • Anxiety, rejection and body image issues re hooking up
  • Relationships versus hooking up; knowing what we want.
  • Safety when organising hook-ups.
  • Negotiating safe sex choices & chem use.

(This workshop is for HIV negative gay men specifically, who feel that they have a high likelihood of catching HIV, based on the risks they experience around their sex lives and choices; if you feel your sex life involves choices or circumstances that put you at particular risk of catching HIV, ask any Dean Street staff member about PRIME when you’re next in clinic, or email david.stuart@chelwest.nhs.uk with “Dean Street Prime” in the subject field)

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An invitation to an event

Impulse United is a group of socially active gay men whose purpose is to promote better sexual wellbeing & lifestyles within our gay/queer communities.

Impulse chapters exist in nine cities across USA, as well as Bangkok, Mexico (x2), Beijing, Brazil (x2), New Delhi, Phnom Penh – and we’re very excited about the launch of the new London chapter.

And they’d like to meet you, hear what you need from your scenes, your sex lives, your communities.

Join us on Wed 15th Feb, 6pm to 8pm for a discussion about the sexual health needs of gay men in London; and to embrace this new team.

20th Century House, Soho Square; to RSVP a place, contact david.stuart@chelwest.nhs.uk

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LGBT’s the Word.

A creative writing group for anybody in the LGBTQ community to attend. Just bring a short piece of writing to read out, and you can get feedback in a friendly, supportive environment.

All writing welcome, including prose, theatre, screenwriting, poetry, comedy. All welcome, and you can just come to listen if you don’t have anything written!

Downstairs in the basement of 56 Dean Street. The next one is 16th February, 6pm to 8pm. you will find more details under the Events tab (LGBT’s the Word) on the 56 Dean Street facebook page.

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PrEP information evening – For Dean Street Prime patients only.

Some of us are considering PrEP; some of us are already taking it.

Some of us are taking it every day; some of us – just time to time.

Some of us are dating/shagging people on PrEP.

What does it all mean?

What does PrEP mean for our community?

What does it mean for you?

Do you find PrEP confusing? Do you have questions, some that you might even be embarrassed to ask?

On Friday 24th Feb, we invite you to an evening with Dr Nneka Nwokolo from 56 Dean Street, and Dr David Bull from… well from the telly actually (you’ve seen him on The Wright Stuff). Together, they’ll walk, talk and maybe dance you through the basics, and give you the opportunity to ask everything and anything about PrEP, so you can figure out how it affects your sex life, whether you’re on it or not.

 

If you are registered as a Dean Street Prime patient and you want to RSVP a seat(s), email david.stuart@chelwest.nhs.uk

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– SEXTROVERTS is a Queer comedy cabaret night where the theme is queer sex. All in the name of better sexual wellbeing through dialogue, and (in this case), laughter – some of it may be inappropriate! Whatever you do with your junk, join the Sextroverts Cabaret night Wed 22nd February at 7pm at Ku Bar (Lisle Street, China town). Free every month, and open to anyone. Visit the Facebook page.

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– ChemSex support clinics; if you want to discuss your own chem use with a kind, non-judging advisor, we have walk in, one to one appointments on the 3rd floor of 56 Dean Street at the following times; each Tuesday 5 to 7pm

Each Thursday, 1 to 4pm

The 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month (4th & 18th Feb) 1 to 3pm.

Just walk in, or visit the website for Chems advice

cliniqloop– cliniQ, Trans support services; Every Wednesday evening between 5 and 7pm, there is a safe space on the 2rd floor of 56 Dean Street to chat with a range of support workers specifically about Trans wellbeing. Visit the website for more information

swish– SWISH is a specific support service for people working in the sex industry (porn film actors, escorts, sex workers). Simply walk in to the 3rd floor of 56 Dean Street on Wed evening between 5 and 7pm for a chat with a support worker.

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– HEAR ME PROJECT

A bespoke service for deaf and DLGBT communities for those who
would like a nurse who can sign (BSL) during your consultation
Every Monday 4-7pm
Dean Street Express
34 Dean Street, Soho
Please walk in to 34 Dean Street and show your blue card at reception—you will be asked to complete a
simple form before your consultation. Results in 6 hours.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Any questions please email margaret.pratt@chelwest.nhs.uk or text 07391 929 080
Dean Street Express offers free and confidential sexual health screening (STI/STD and HIV tests)
six days a week for asymptomatic (no signs of infection, discharge, rashes etc) patients

 

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