LGBT info and advice

For anyone who might be worried about their risk of acquiring HIV, PrEP (a pill which you can take before sex to protect yourself from HIV) is now available on the NHS in Dorset. For more information, please read our page on PrEP.

Over the Rainbow is an NHS health initiative for Dorset’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) communities. The centre is staffed by NHS healthcare professionals who are able to offer specialist advice, support and information to individuals and their families around issues relating to:

  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Health
  • HIV

Working closely with local organisations, the centre can help to support those with concerns around ChemSex, sexual risk taking, sexual assault and commercial sex work.

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The centre runs an award-winning sexual health screening clinic every Wednesday at The Shores. You can also catch them in their pop-up wellbeing enclosure at Bourne Free pride event and other health promotion events across a wide range of venues across the county.

With an excellent reputation for education and training, staff at the centre are able to create bespoke and innovative teaching packages, suitable for a wide range of audiences. These can be tailored to accommodate one-to-one and group training for schools, colleges, universities in addition to workshops and lectures at professional organisations and national conferences.

Their extensive knowledge and experience in this area, means they are able to provide consultancy and training around a wide variety of subjects, including:

  • Testicular Self-Examination
  • LGBT Lifestyle
  • Trans* Awareness
  • Homophobia & Bullying
  • Sexual Health & STIs
  • Impact of pornography on young people


  • Dr Cordelia Chapman - Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV
  • Billy Clarke - Sexual Health Advisor/ Educational Specialist
  • Kevin Turner - Sexual Health Advisor

For more information on Over the Rainbow and advice, support and information to individuals and their families, please visit:

To request education, training or 1-1s with the service, please contact us on 0300 303 1948.

Or for alternative resources and services, visit our Resources page.