We have over 35 years' experience of HIV and sexual health
Our services aim to make it easier to make healthy choices
Anything supported by Gay and Lesbian Health Norway must be easy to use, regardless of whether it is an HIV test or talking to someone about coming out. You don't need to register your name or any other personal information to use any of our services. All our services are free too - always.
For men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women
Gay and Lesbian Health Norway works to promote health and disease prevention for the sexual minorities of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, as well as other women and men who have sex with people of the same gender.
Transgender/transsexual persons who belong to or face similar health challenges as the sexual minority of women and men who have sex with people of the same gender are also target groups of Gay and Lesbian Health Norway. You will find our articles of association here.
Experience of HIV since 1983
Gay and Lesbian Health Norway was founded in 1983 in response to the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men. Today, we work with HIV as part of our work to promote better sexual and psychological health among our target groups. Substance abuse prevention now also forms part of Gay and Lesbian Health Norway’s aims.
Our prevention strategy
Gay and Lesbian Health Norway's prevention strategy is to work with health challenges where research shows that men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women are more vulnerable compared with people who only have sex with people of the opposite gender. Gay and Lesbian Health Norway's measures have been formulated with the aim of ensuring that more people in the target groups gain access to services and information to promote good health and reduce the risk of illness.
Volunteers at Gay and Lesbian Health Norway
More than 80 volunteers of all ages work with us to carry out our initiatives. When someone comes into contact with a volunteer at Gay and Lesbian Health Norway, they can be certain that the person has been thoroughly trained and can help you, for example by taking a quick test for HIV. Our volunteers are supported by staff and medical personnel.
«Almost six thousand guest visited us in 2016, either for a chat, a test or a course. That is three times as many visits as in 2012.»- Rolf Martin Angeltvedt,
Director, Gay and Lesbian Health Norway
Small changes that make a difference
The services provided by Gay and Lesbian Health Norway are what are often referred to as 'low threshold': Quick, free and without any red tape or appointments. We hope that we will get people to reflect on health among our target groups, because small steps can have a big effect on both individuals and public health generally. An example of this is the way in which testing yourself for HIV can lead to people receiving treatment, which in turn prevents the development of the disease and the risk of transferring the virus to others.
Low threshold for us also means that we go out and meet the target groups in their own environments. Many of our services are therefore available outside our offices in the centre of Oslo, including our chat services provided in town and our quick tests for HIV and syphilis, and we also visit clubs and saunas.