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Yorkshire MESMAC's Board of Trustees has a new Chair

After many years as Chair of Yorkshire MESMAC, Liaqat Ali has stood down.

At last week’s Annual General Meeting, Steve Bridge was appointed into the role.  Steve has been a civil servant for 31 years and is currently working on Adult Social Care policy in the Department of Health. He has been on the Board of Trustees at MESMAC for over two years and brings a wealth of knowledge about the Health and Care system, procurement and grants processes, along with a passion for the HIV prevention and sexual health promotion agenda.


Exciting new research prompts Community Statement on PrEP

Yorkshire MESMAC has teamed up with other leading HIV prevention organisations to produce a statement from the community about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and how it affects HIV transmission, following research from 2 promising European studies.

The statement calls for PrEP to be made available as soon as possible across England.


New Vacancy at Yorkshire MESMAC - Operations Manager

Yorkshire MESMAC are delighted that we will be offering a service in Hull from January 2015. We are looking for an Operations Manager who can work alongside our Chief Executive to establish and drive forward this innovative sexual health promotion service working with those populations most of risk of sexual ill health. This is an exciting opportunity, for a leader to shape a brand new service, and to have a positive, lasting impact on the Public Health of Hull.


National HIV Testing Week 2014

National HIV Testing Week Badge

National HIV Testing Week 2014 is about to start from 22nd November to run until 30th November! This is a HIV Prevention England national campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV and, as proud partners of HPE, Yorkshire MESMAC is determined to make it as easy as possible for you to get tested by offering a range of locations and times all over Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and York & North Yorkshire!

Click on the National HIV Testing Week logo to find out where and when to get tested.


Chat Apps and how they are changing the LGBT community

In the past 5 years we’ve seen an explosion in chat apps designed to help us find love, sex and everything else from the comfort of our smart phones. However, have we considered how this is changing the LBGT community? Furthermore, have we considered whether this is a good or a bad thing?

One of our e-outreach volunteers gives us his view.


Yorkshire Bears launch 2015 calendar in support of Yorkshire MESMAC

Renowned photographer Robert Workman has teamed up with social group The Yorkshire Bears to produce a 2015 charity calendar in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and Yorkshire-based sexual health organisation Yorkshire MESMAC.


Testing Times through the eyes of a Volunteer

Yorkshire Bears’ Rob Wilson writes about his experiences volunteering with Yorkshire MESMAC, and what it’s like to help out the Leeds Testing Times project.


Leeds Sauna Testing Sessions! - NOVEMBER UPDATE

Man with big ears awaits your feedback

If you are a sauna user, you can access free, fast and confidential HIV testing in either the Basement Sauna and Steam Complex Sauna.

In the Steam Complex, there is a full sexual health testing service every Tuesday between 12 noon and 2.30pm and special testing events at weekends. Thanks to the Steam Complex Sauna & Leeds Centre for Sexual Health, we now have our very own men who have sex with men targeted full HIV/STI testing clinic at 8 Eyres Avenue, Armley, LS12 3BA. We will be updating special testing events on our calendar, please click here for the next ones.


Friday 21st Nov: 12:00 - 15:00 (last client access 14:30)
Wednesday 26th Nov: 15:00 - 18:00 
Thursday 27th Nov:     15:00 - 19:00
Friday 28th Nov:        15:00 - 19:00 
Saturday 29th Nov:     15:00 - 19:00 


PROUD study shows impact of PrEP in reducing HIV transmission for men who have sex with men

PROUD have released a study that shows that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective in reducing the risk of transmission of HIV among gay men and men who have sex with men

This is exciting news in the breakthrough of PrEP as a means of protection against HIV.


Planning Progress for National HIV Testing Week in North Yorkshire

Testing Times logo


The North Yorkshire team of Yorkshire MESMAC are already well underway with their planning and preparation for National Testing Week, with several sites booked to hold HIV testing throughout the area, throughout the week. 
Big thanks again to Hull University, Scarborough Campus who have invited MESMAC back again for the third year running, along with St Peter's Church Harrogate, who welcomes MESMAC back for a second year.
This year also sees some new venues such as Yorkshire Coast College, Sainsbury Harrogate, York University and St John's.