Trade offers free confidential information, advice, information, guidance, support and services to underrepresented communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which include lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) and new arrivals in Leicester City.
At Trade we pride ourselves on delivering targeted services to fit the needs of the communities we work with; we understand how intersectionality can affect the experiences we have and how they may differ from others who share similar identities. We also provide some other services, such as the C Card, which can be accessed by the wider community.
Rapid HIV testing service for LGB&T and new arrival communities. Using only a ‘finger prick’ of blood, our rapid test can detect HIV infection from 12 weeks ago.
A full sexual health screening clinic for LGB&T communities from the Trade office, delivered in partnership with Leicester Sexual Health.
Full sexual health screening clinics for gay and bisexual men, and other men having sex with men, from Leicester's saunas and sex-on-premises venues, delivered in partnership with Leicester Sexual Health.
From getting the lowdown on different sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV to where to get tested, advice on reducing sexual health risks or unsure who to talk to, we are available for enquiries:
Available for gay and bisexual men, and other men having sex with men, to order through our website or to pick up from the Trade office and across most of Leicester's LGB&T venues.
We are also part of the C-Card scheme where anyone aged 13+ regardless of gender or sexual orientation can register and pick-up C-Card packs from us.
Not sure where to start with any changes you want to make in your life around relationships, ‘coming out’ and more? You can book in one-off or regular sessions with a Trade worker.
Talking therapy that involves speaking with a counsellor who is trained to listen with empathy and can support you with a variety of mental health issues which you may be experiencing, such as negative thoughts and feelings, through regular counselling sessions.
We run a variety of community outreach sessions, as well as attend and host events aimed at educating and informing the communities that we serve about sexual health, HIV, broader health issues and services that available for them.
Trade is home to a few local social and support groups.
We run an extensive volunteer program with a variety of opportunities available across the organisation, from service delivery including community HIV testers and counsellors, community engagement, admin, networking and more.