Trans Pride Leeds

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 the march, discussions, films, and club night. Here at MESMAC, we ran a sober social...

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Latest News

The latest news from Yorkshire MESMAC.

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...

PrEP events in Wakefield & Leeds in October

Posted by Aaron Chady

Four London sexual health clinics saw dramatic falls in new HIV infections among gay men of around 40 per cent last year, compared with 2015. In addition, preliminary figures from all sexual health clinics in England for 2016,...

Leeds LGBT+ Mapping Project Conference: Spotlight on Mental Health

Posted by Aaron Chady

Research by the LGBT+ Mapping Project has found that mental health a priority concern for LGBT+ people in Leeds and that 90% of LGBT+ survey respondents had experienced difficulties with their mental health. In response to...

West Yorkshire Queer Stories

Posted by Jude Woods

We are working hard to complete the final Heritage Lottery Fund application for the funding for the next phase of the Yorkshire MESMAC LGBTQ+ social history project Queer Stories which will unfold as West Yorkshire...

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.

Leeds PrEP17 film + panel with PrEPster

Posted by Aaron Chady

In 2015, film maker Nicholas Feustel made a documentary film about the England PROUD PrEP trial. The documentary was shown at community events across the UK, and formed the focus for PrEPster's Pushing for PrEP community...

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.

Positively Different

Posted by Tom Hunt

Are you: HIV+, and received your diagnosis in the last 5 years, Aged 18-35 AND Living in the UK (in any part of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland)? If so, the University of Hull would...

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.