Addressing the unique needs of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), a new professional, confidential and upmarket medical practice has been launched in Pretoria.

TEN81 Medical Practice provides a range of specialised medical services to gay men, with a focus on sexual health and well-being. It offers clients a friendly and accepting environment where they can access the expert services of a nurse, doctor and two counsellors.

"While we've come a long way in the last 20 years, gay and bisexual men often still face an element of embarrassment and even stigma when discussing and addressing intimate issues with their GP," explains TEN81 Counsellor Johan Meyer.

"Also, most GPs are not experts in the field of gay sexual health and many may not be aware of the latest research and developments in this area," he says.

Meyer adds that some MSM may be in a relationship with or be married to a woman. They might be confused about their identities and practises and may fear approaching their family doctor for advice or support.

"At TEN81, our clients are assured of high quality services, all with a welcoming, private and non-judgmental approach to their relationships and sex lives," he says.

In addition to Meyer, the staff complement at TEN81 includes Gerard Damstra, a registered nurse who specialises in the field of HIV and STIs; Dr Amanda Botha, who is an expert in working with gay men and their sexual health; and Counsellor Jay Matlou.

Services on offer include:

Fees range from R100 for a 15 minute nurse consultation, R350 for a 15 minute doctor consultation, to R350 for a session with a counsellor (up to one hour).

TEN81 Medical Practice is associated with OUT Well-being, which has more than 20 years experience in supporting the health and well-being of gay and bisexual men and MSM in South Africa.

TEN81 Medical Practice is open Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 to 16:30. It is conveniently located within a 10 minute walk from the Hatfield Gautrain Station in Pretoria.

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