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Latest News

The latest news from Yorkshire MESMAC.

Celebration event 2019

Posted by JJ Johnstone

For nearly 30 years Yorkshire MESMAC has been working with communities across Yorkshire, to reduce HIV transmission, support people living with and affected by HIV and improve mental health of LGBT+ people. You are invited to...

MESMAC Solidarity Statement

Posted by JJ Johnstone

As Leeds Pride 2019 approaches, MESMAC would like to take this opportunity to discuss safety on the day. Pride is a wonderful event, that wouldn’t be possible without all of the hard work from so ma...

Trans Mission: Leeds Pride Trans and Non-Binary Support Area

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Trans Mission: Leeds is proud to present our annual Leeds Pride Trans and Non-Binary Support Area. This takes place from 3:00pm on the 4th of August at the Sovereign Suite in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. As...

Do you trade or sell sex?

Posted by Mark Tyson

People of all genders and sexualities are welcome to attend our free drop in session in Wakefield on the last Friday of each month 1pm-3pm.  Drop in for a bite to eat and...

PrEP use survey

Posted by Jess Wynn

PrEPster, iwantprepnow and PHE have just launched the third annual survey for UK people who have used PrEP in the last 24 months.

Building Resilience - Wellbeing Workshops for HIV positive people

Posted by Mark Tyson

Three workshops will introduce key topics for discussion along with techniques and strategies to help us build and reinforce our emotional resilience.  They will be led by Christine Blessing, Counselling co-ordinator, at Yorkshire MESMAC....

Hull's new service!

Posted by Rosie Ellingham

Yorkshire MESMAC is proud to announce the commencement of Hull’s remodelled Sexual Health Promotion Service. This service is open to all with specific targeted work aimed at young people, BAME people, gay, bi and ot...

Mental Health Workshops Wakefield

Posted by Mark Tyson

All friendly over 18s are welcome to attend any of the mental health workshops running at our Wakefield office this spring.  There is always free food and drinks provided at these informal events. ...

Trans and Non-Binary Mondays

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Trans and Non-Binary Mondays @ Yorkshire MESMAC Every third Monday - 22 Blayds Yard, LS1 4AD   Daytime drop-in a chance to have a cup of tea, share experiences and gain peer support for ages 18 and...

Dr Mags Portman

Posted by Rosie Ellingham

It was with great sadness that we heard last week that our colleague and friend, Mags Portman, died from a rare cancer aged 44.   Dr Portman was a trail blazer in HIV prevention and we...

Trans and non-binary sexual health clinic

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Leeds are very excited to announce that on the 3rd Monday of every month, we will be holding a sexual health clinic in our office for Trans+ people. The session will include STI testing, cervical...

BASE Testing Session - 30th January 2019 CANCELLED

Posted by Rosie Ellingham

Our weekly testing session at Base has been cancelled this week due to staff shortage. We will be back as usual next Wednesday. If you need a test in the meantime, you can come to...

Multidrug resistant Shigella circulating in UK and USA

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Are you a man who has sex with other men, HIV+ or do you visit London regularly? There has been a drug-resistant outbreak of the little known infection in the UK, and it can be...

Happy New Year!

Posted by JJ Johnstone

We're happy to be able to share our New Year's Eve video: MESMAC Breakfast with Ross and Rachel! Join Ross and Rachel from West Yorkshire Queer Stories as they look back over the year and...

Festive Season Office Closures

Posted by Jess Wynn

See below for our office closure times over the festive season. All HIV/STI testing drop-in sessions will not be during these times.

'Think' - Free Workshop Group (Wakefield)

Posted by Mark Tyson

‘Think’ is Yorkshire MESMAC’s friendly workshop group in Wakefield.  We meet twice a month usually on a Tuesday evening between 6.30pm and 9pm. We cover topics of interest around health and wellbeing. There is alw...

30 years of World AIDS Day

Posted by Rosie Ellingham

This year, the 1st December marks 30 years of World AIDS Day, and true to form, Yorkshire MESMAC has been busy in the lead up to this, both with delivering over 300 tests for National HIV Testing...

National HIV Testing Week 2018

Posted by Jess Wynn

National HIV Testing Week runs 17th-23rd November 2018. We will be testing in Leeds, York, North Yorkshire, Bradford, Wakefield, Hull and Rotherham.

We need PrEP on the NHS now

Posted by Jess Wynn

A 10,000 place PrEP trial was never going to meet demand – it’s time to make PrEP available to all who need it.

Understanding Experiences of Hate Crime

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Yorkshire MESMAC are teaming up with NatCen Social Research in order to conduct a study into experiences of hate crime.

Trans Pride Leeds

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Photo by Jamie Fletcher The first ever Trans Pride Leeds was a resounding success! Well done to all involved for all the hard work that was put into the event, and to everyone who attended...

PrEP Support Group

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Tonight from 6-8pm we're running a PrEP support group from our Leeds office. More information below!

Sunday Times Article

Posted by Pat McCusker

The article in The Sunday Times (04.03.18)  is a disgraceful example of gutter ‘journalism’, even from  a cursory reading of the article it is clear that it is based on half-truths, rumour and innuendo. The...

Sunday Times Article

Posted by Pat McCusker

The article in The Sunday Times (04.03.18)  is a disgraceful example of gutter ‘journalism’, even from  a cursory reading of the article it is clear that it is based on half-truths, rumour and innuendo. The...

Office Closures Thursday 1st March

Posted by Jess Wynn

Due to the snow, the following offices are closed today, Thursday 1st March:  - Leeds -Wakefield -Bradford - York and North Yorkshire (Harrogate, Selby, Scarborough and Northallerton services will not be running) Please keep...

Office closures Wednesday 28th February

Posted by Jess Wynn

Due to the snow, the following offices are closed today, Wednesday 28th February:  - Leeds- York and North Yorkshire (Harrogate, Selby, Scarborough and Northallerton services will not be running)-Wakefield Please keep an eye...

Tackling LGBT Health Inequalities in Leeds

Posted by JJ Johnstone

We are holding at event in Leeds Civic Hall on 23rd January from 9am to 1.30pm looking into the challenges Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people face in Leeds in relation to mental health and&...

BASE Sauna Testing Times

Posted by JJ Johnstone

We run weekly Testing Times sessions in Base Leeds, 7 Heaton's Court, Leeds, LS1 4LJ. Here we offer free, rapid HIV tests with results back in 5-10 minutes and Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea pee in a pot...

LGBT Housing Advice Surgery

Posted by JJ Johnstone

Yorkshire MESMAC and Leeds Housing Options are working together to provide a free and confidential housing advice surgery for the LGBT Community.

Counselling referrals over Christmas

Posted by Jess Wynn

Please note the counselling service at Yorkshire MESMAC cannot respond to crisis emotional / mental health situations.

Human Rights Day: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Posted by Jess Wynn

Along with 140+ other organisations, we have signed to the Prime Minister Theresa May and to the heads of all political parties in the UK, urging them to protect our fundamental human rights, both now and...

Rotherham World AIDS Day Event

Posted by Jess Wynn

See the poster below for details of the 2017 World AIDS Day event in Rotherham.

National HIV Testing Week 2017

Posted by Jess Wynn

It's National HIV Testing Week! We will be testing in Leeds, York, North Yorkshire, Bradford, Wakefield, Hull and Rotherham.

Statement on recent press coverage

Posted by Jess Wynn

We understand that, viewed out of context of Yorkshire MESMAC’s suite of policies including safeguarding of children and safeguarding adults at risk, there is a possibility that this code of conduct could be misunderstood.Yo...

RENT- The musical, 20 years on

Posted by Jess Wynn

The Bradford Playhouse will be showing a production of RENT between 8th-11th November 7:30pm. Here's some more information about the background of the show.

Are you going to Winter Pride? Then read this...

Posted by Jess Wynn

If you are going to Gran Canaria Winter Pride, you should get a Hepatitis A vaccination.MESMAC Leeds are running a free Hep A vaccination session alongside our usual Testing Times + on Tuesday 24/10/17.It...

Project 100

Posted by Jess Wynn

​Living with and managing HIV can be challenging for many people. Whether it’s coming to terms with a new diagnosis, starting or changing treatment, managing relationships or talking about HIV. Peer support has been prov...

Hepatitis: It Stops Here

Posted by Jess Wynn

Hepatitis B and C are infections that affect the liver. They can be passed on through sharing drug taking equipment or unprotected sex. Here's everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatments and...

New HIV self-testing kit aims to increase diagnosis rates

Posted by Jess Wynn

A new study from UCL, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England seeks to discover whether providing free HIV self-tests to men, transgender men and transgender women who have sex with men...

Snap Map: A Guide to Staying Safe

Posted by Jess Wynn

Snapchat have added a super creepy new feature called Snap Map. It means that, depending on your settings, any of your Snapchat friends could see exactly where you are. Here's are guide to staying safe.

HIV Manifesto Launched Today

Posted by Jess Wynn

We’re calling on the next government to stand with people affected by HIV.

Leeds Testing Times+ Cancelled- 18th April

Posted by Jess Wynn

Our Testing Times+ drop-in tonight in Leeds has been cancelled due to a maintenance issue with water and toilets. Our drop in on Thursday will go ahead as usual! Apologies for any inconvenience caused.&...

Yorkshire MESMAC in Rotherham

Posted by Jess Wynn

Starting from the 3rd April, Yorkshire MESMAC is offering a new sexual health community outreach service in Rotherham in partnership with the Integrated Sexual Heath Service.

New Workshops

Posted by Jess Wynn

Read on for some new workshops that we'll be running.

Syphilis: The Great Mimic

Posted by Jess Wynn

Syphilis is on the increase across Yorkshire so it's important that you get clued up. Here's everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatments and getting tested.

Expanded STI Screening (Wakefield)

Posted by Mark Tyson

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are Sexually Transmitted Infections you can get in your cock, throat, vagina or bum.  At Yorkshire MESMAC in Wakefield we can now screen you confidentially for both infections in all areas...

Me and My Home - Older People's Housing in Leeds

Posted by Jess Wynn

Are you interested in housing and the needs of older people in Leeds? Would you like the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with other older people and housing providers? Take a look at...

FGM: A Personal Experience

Posted by Jess Wynn

Our Hull team have produced a video giving the personal experiences of a woman who has undergone Female Genital Mutilation.

Orlando attack

Posted by Tom Doyle

Yorkshire MESMAC volunteers, trustees and staff are horrified, saddened and angered at the murder and injury in Orlando. Tom Doyle, Yorkshire MESMAC Chief Executive said, ‘Our thoughts at this time are with those whose hearts ar...

Leeds support and solidarity with Orlando

Posted by Tom Doyle

Leeds which has Yorkshire’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community will join together from 10:30pm for speeches, words and tribute leading to a minutes silence at 11pm on Monday 13th June on...

Volunteers’ Week: The Big Celebration

Posted by Jess Wynn

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.

Let's talk about PrEP

Posted by Pat McCusker

PrEP is an highly effective and safe medication that has been proven to prevent HIV transmission if you take it daily. As yet there's no news about when PrEP will be available on the NHS....

Drug resistant Shigella outbreak in London

Posted by Jess Wynn

Are you a man who has sex with other men, HIV+ or do you visit London regularly? There has been an outbreak of the little known infection Shigella in London, and it can be caught...

Making It Work: Testing Times in Wakefield

Posted by Jess Wynn

In England in 2013, 59 per 1,000 MSM aged between 15-59 years old were estimated to have HIV. 16% of MSM were undiagnosed.

PrEP info for people in the UK

Posted by Jess Wynn

Pre-exposure prophylaxis is a course of HIV drugs taken before sex to reduce the risk of getting HIV.

Yorkshire Bears bare all for 2016 Charity Calendar!

Posted by Jess Wynn

Another year, another calendar, but as usual, the Yorkshire Bears are taking the art of calendar making and doing it in style!

Free Online HIV Testing Service Launched

Posted by Jess Wynn

To complement our drop-in, click and collect and appoint based HIV testing service, there is now a free HIV online home sampling service.

Click and Collect HIV testing in Leeds

Posted by Jess Wynn

Getting a HIV test in Leeds has never been easier. You can now order your testing kit and collect it from Yorkshire MESMAC Leeds offices at a time that best suits you.

Passionate about Refugee Women Support?

Posted by Jess Wynn

​City of Sanctuary Wakefield are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join their dynamic Women’s group that provide weekly support sessions and activities for women and children in Urban House.