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Information and support

Websites and contacts if you want to know more about:

General kink/SM/rough sex web sites

Check out the end of each HardCell Playroom section for links to sites about specific sex acts. The following sites cover a wide range of kink activity:

  • has everything you could want to know about body mods, piercing, tats and more extreme sex
  • is a fetish and BDSM info site modelled on – and sharing a lot of content with – the famous online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

Other sites include:

SM Gays

London-based social and educational group that also organises regular themed SM events.


London-based gay men’s health organisation.

Telephone: 020 7738 6872

Email: [email protected]

Spanner Trust

Learn how the law in the UK has been used against those into SM and what we can do about it at

HIV and sexual health

Terrence Higgins Trust

The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. Has information on services provided by Terrence Higgins Trust, including counselling, post-exposure prophylaxis and HIV testing.

THT Direct

Anonymous and confidential helpline for all your questions about HIV and sexual health.

Telephone: 0808 802 1221 (Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm)

Email: [email protected]

THT Direct also runs an online advice service

Terrence Higgins Trust also offers a free online counselling service for those living with HIV in the UK.

myHIV community forum

The myHIV community forum is the UK’s largest community network for people living with HIV with over 4,000 members, and can help you connect with others.

Your rights

This site has information on your rights (confidentiality, making complaints, dealing with discrimination and so on) when using the Health Service, including GPs, dentists, sexual health/HIV clinics and other hospital departments:

HIV, sex and the law

Find out about recent prosecutions for infecting others with HIV: HIV, sex and the law

HIV treatments

As well as Terrence Higgins Trust, these organisations have detailed information about HIV treatments:


HIV i-Base

Treatments helpline: 0808 800 6013 (Monday to Wednesday 12pm to 4pm)

Sexual health clinics

For details of all sexual health/GUM clinics in the UK check out:

HIV testing by post

For details of free HIV testing by post service:
You can also get a free home self–testing kit.


For information on hepatitis visit theTerrence Higgins Trust hepatitis section.

For specific info on hepatitis C look at the website or contact:

Hepatitis C Trust

Helpline: 0845 223 4424 (for times see website)

NHS Hepatitis C information

Information line: 0800 451 451 (7am to 11pm every day)


Herpes Viruses Association

Helpline: 0845 12 32 305 (4pm to 8pm weekdays)

Or check out these websites:

Drugs and alcohol


A resource on safer chemsex, including reactions between recreational drugs and HIV medications

Talk To Frank

Information and support around drug use

Helpline: 0300 123 6600 (24 hours a day)

Email: via the web site


London service including one-to-one counselling and support groups for lesbian, gay and bisexual, and transgender people concerned about their drug use

Telephone: 020 7437 3523


Antidote staff also work in two specialist sexual health clinics in London:

the CODE clinic at 56 Dean Street in Soho

A clinic for gay and bisexual men into the hard sex scene

the Club Drug clinic for people who use club drugs and who live in Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.

To contact Antidote about your drug or alcohol issues call 020 7833 1674 (10am – 6pm Monday to Friday).

For the general helpline 020 7837 3337 (7.30 – 9.30pm Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday).


Website and messageboard with a ‘bullshit free’ drugs information section.


Expansive site dedicated to drug use, including users posting their experiences of various substances.


Help and information about drugs and the law.

Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Narcotics Anonymous

Helpline: 0300 999 1212

Help with sexual problems

You can get free treatment on the NHS with a referral from your doctor or a GUM clinic. You can also see a sex or relationship counsellor/therapist at:

Terrence Higgins Trust

Centres around the UK.

For local details call THT Direct on 0808 08 802 1221.

In London Terrence Higgins Trust runs group support for gay and bisexual men around addiction to sex or drugs. Call either THT Direct on 0808 08 802 1221 or phone 020 7812 1773 for more details.


Free or low cost counselling for gay and bisexual men in London

Telephone: 020 7700 1323

British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy

Private, (paid for) counselling.

Your local gay men’s health project will have information on local services too.

Last review: 07/09/2018
Next review: 07/09/2021