Swedish Medical Center (SMC) is offering free tests and consultations for gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adults, including HIV-positive patients.
The Swedish Medical Association announced the news during a meeting on Monday.
The new policy follows a landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Sweden.
“We have always felt that there are more and more people coming to us for information and care,” Dr. Bjorn Villemet, the chairman of SMC’s medical board, told reporters at the meeting.
“As we have seen the number of people coming here to discuss health, we feel that it’s necessary to broaden the reach of our services to include gay and transgender patients.”
The Swedish health system has a large number of HIV positive patients, Villemeter said.
The organization says the new policy is aimed at providing free tests, referrals and counselling to those who need it most.
“In the last few years, HIV-infected patients have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and we believe this policy is a natural response to that,” Villemed said.
“This policy is also in line with the Swedish society’s commitment to respect and dignity for all people.”
LGBT activists have expressed concern that HIV testing could be a precursor to sex work.
In May, the Swedish health board voted unanimously to change the health insurance policies for health care workers to allow gay and bisexual workers to request HIV testing without fear of discrimination.
In a statement, the SMC said the new policies are designed to reduce the stigmatization of HIV-negative individuals.
“Our goal is to reduce stigma and discrimination for all health-care workers, including LGBT individuals, who want to access HIV testing services,” the organization said.
Villembo said he is currently working with a group of LGBT people in the hospital to discuss how to implement the new health policy.