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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.


Vacancy for Community Development Worker in Leeds

Salary:  NJC Scale 6 starting at £22, 443 + 5% pension and membership of Simply Heath (on completion of probationary period). 37 hours per week including regular evenings and weekend work – Contract ongoing - reviewed annually.

Due to the nature of the work of this post, it is an occupational requirement for this role to be fulfilled by a male under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, Part 1 Schedule 9.

Application pack contents can be downloaded from the links below

Closing date is:  Noon on Friday 21st November 2014

Interviews for the post will be held on Wednesday 3rd December 2014

We are striving to be an equal opportunities employer, as such we welcome applications from all sections of the community. (Charity no 1040407)   Joint job share applications are welcomed.

Application pack covering letter

Job description

Person specification

Application form

Equal Opportunities and Disclosure


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.


A coalition of LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans* Intersex) organisations, including Yorkshire MESMAC, and campaigners have written an open letter to political leaders in the UK, highlighting the urgent need to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) statutory in all schools – as well as appropriate for LGBTI young people.

The group, including Peter Tatchell, Conservative Peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media, and LGBTI and sexual health charities and NGOs, outline the elevated rates of poor sexual and mental health amongst LGBTI people in the letter.

One in three gay men diagnosed with HIV in 2012 were in their teens or early twenties yet 85% of gay and bisexual men receive no information about same-sex relationships in school. 


Gay Men's Sex Survey 2014!

Gay Men's Sexy Survey 2014


Yorkshire MESMAC as part of HIV Prevention England wants you! Please take part in this 10-12 minute survey of the UK's largest ever survey of men who are attracted to men.
Please take part if you are a man, including transmen
AND you live in the UK
AND are aged 16 years or over
AND are attracted to other men OR have sex with men OR think you might have sex with men in the future.
What’s it about? It asks about relationships, sex life, risks and precautions, and use of health services. This is vitally important in shaping future services for men who are attracted to men.