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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.


Hate Crime Awareness Week

From the 11th to the 18th of October, there is going to be a lot of things happening nationally to make people more aware about Hate Crime. We at Yorkshire MESMAC's Wakefield office are putting a series of events together to support this national campaign and raise awareness about this issue.

During National Hate Crime Awareness Week week we will be online Monday - Friday from 1pm - 5pm posting information about each of the 5 strands of Hate Crime. We will also be answering any questions you may have and there will also be the opportunity to pop into our office if you want to talk to someone face to face about Hate Crime, how you can report it and why it is important to do so. All this will be happening on Facebook and via email:


Planning Progress for National HIV Testing Week in North Yorkshire

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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.

Get involved in the Stoptober Challenge

multiethnicity group

During October, Yorkshire MESMAC is supporting Stoptober, the latest campaign from Public Health England! The nation’s eight million smokers will again be encouraged to take part in the mass participation quit smoking challenge.

We also know from research that our LGB&T* community are more likely to be smokers than the wider community. Nearly half of LGB&T* people smoke. 1 in 4 lesbian and bisexual women smoke. An average smoker spends £2000 per year…how much do you spend?



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.

Regular Testing sessions in Keighley

Testing Times

Yorkshire MESMAC are once again working in partnership with the Bradford and Airedale Chlamydia Screening Team and are starting to deliver regular HIV testing in Keighley.

The sessions run every Monday between 3 and 5pm and Yorkshire MESMAC will be present on the last Monday of the month to add HIV testing to the services already available (chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening, free condoms etc...)

The sessions are taking place in Connexions in Keighley Town Hall.

For more info/directions etc...please contact Jonathan on: 07810550534 or email: 

Leeds Sauna Testing Sessions!

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.


Quickie HIV Testing in Leeds

Yorkshire MESMAC in Leeds has a number of places where you can access free, rapid HIV test or a pee in a pot Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test in drop-in sessions:

At 60 Upper Basinghall Street, Leeds, LS1 5HR
Every Tuesday and Thursday 6pm – 8pm
First Saturday of the month 12 noon – 3pm

At Basement Sauna Complex, 7 Heaton Court, Leeds, LS1 4LJ
First Sundays of the month 2pm – 4pm

At Steam Complex Sauna, 8 Eyres Avenue, Leeds, LS12 3BA (for all HIV/STI testing)
Every Tuesday 12 noon – 2.30pm 

Positive Mingle

Positive Mingle

A HIV positive diagnosis can be an isolating event.  Quite apart from the dent to your self-esteem and dealing with the stigma there is the thorny issue of disclosure.  Who can I trust to talk to about this?  Will people judge me?

Sometimes what is needed is some help and support from another HIV positive person, a Yorkshire MESMAC Community Development Worker or a Counsellor.  More often than not, however, the most effective way to get your life back on track is to make some new friends