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Hello

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Oh yes, summer is definitely here and boy are we ready for it. We’ve packed this issue with all of our top tips on how to make this the best summer ever. Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or hanging out in the back garden, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget... the FS magazine UK app is available on iTunes, and with it you can download the current issue, previous issues and other great stuff from FS. Once you have the app on your device, every new issue of FS will be sent directly to you. And Brought to you by it’s all free! And hang tight Android phone users, a version especially for you is almost ready. To download the free app go to www.bit.ly/fsmagapp or just search iTunes for ‘FS Magazine UK’.

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Get your Pride on!

It’s that time of year again, when the sun is (hopefully) shining, rainbow flags fill the air, and hot shirtless boys fill the streets – oh yes Pride season is well and truly under way. And with so many events to choose from this year, you are spoilt for choice. Here are some tips on how to make the most of the big day.

Pride dates 1. get an early start Pride is basically gay Christmas and the gayest day of the year, so make the most of it. Don’t worry about sleep, get out there and have fun.

2. Don’t peak too soon If you start out doing vodka shots and Jagerbombs before breakfast, chances are you’re going be passed out (or in A&E) by lunchtime. Remember Pride is a marathon, not a sprint.

3. Drink lots of water

l Lincolnshire Pride Saturday 9 July 2011 l Northern Pride Newcastle-upon-Tyne Saturday 16 July 2011 l Sheffield Pride Saturday 16 July 2011 l Hull Pride 4. Don’t forget to eat Saturday 30 July 2011 Some say “eating is cheating” but l York Pride for Pride it’s vital to break that rule. Eating can give you the extra energy Saturday 30 July 2011 l Huddersfield Pink Picnic to last the distance and also help Sunday 31 July 2011 soak up some of the alcohol you’ve consumed. l Leeds Pride Sunday 7 August 2011 5. rub on some sun block Even if it’s cloudy, you can still get a l Wakefield Pride Sunday 14 August 2011 nasty sunburn if you are outside all l Doncaster Pride day. And a bright red face isn’t a good look for post Pride parties. Put Saturday 20 August 2011 some SPF 15 on before you leave the For information about other Pride house and bring some with you so festivals that are going on you can top it up later.

Being out in the sun, drinking alcohol (or even taking recreational drugs if you choose to do them) can lead to one thing – dehydration. It’s one of the main reasons people end up in the medic tent on Pride day, make sure you drink plenty of water 6. Have a brilliant Day Simples! throughout the day.

throughout the rest of the UK visit; www.gaytoz.com/ gay_pride_dates.asp. www.gmfa.org.uk

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Holiday… celebrate! If you have scraped together enough cash to go on holiday this summer, here’s a quick checklist to make sure you are ready to rumble.

Don’t forget the insurance 1

Travel insurance is essential, If you have an accident or are taken seriously ill when abroad you’re not always guaranteed free healthcare, and it could cost thousands of pounds to get the treatment you need. If you are travelling to another European Economic Area (EEA) country you should obtain an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. This will provide you with free or reduced cost medical care in the EEA and some other countries. You can apply for one online at www.ehic.org.uk, calling 0845 606 2030, or by filling in a form, which is available in post offices. 2

Get your jabs

For most European countries you don’t need any travel vaccinations, but if you’re planning on going further afield you may need some.These vaccinations usually need to be given six weeks before travel. If you leave it too late the vaccination may not have enough time to work and may not offer any protection. You can get

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them from your GP or a local travel clinic (both may charge you). 3

Be prepared

It’s always good to have a few things in your bag for emergencies. A good kit will include: paracetamol or ibuprofen (for pain), Imodium Instants (for diarrhoea), insect repellent (varieties containing “deet” are best), antihistamine tablets or cream (for bites and hay fever), after-sun and sunburn cream, and water proof plasters. Remember to bring any medication you are taking in its original packaging and keep it in your carry-on in case they lose your luggage. And don’t forget condoms and lube. Packing polyurethane condoms, like Durex Avanti, Mates Skyn, or Pasante Unique, means that you don’t have to use water-based or silicone-based lube. You can use whatever you have handy, even if it has oil in it. And if you end up having a quickie in the dunes covered in tanning lotion, you don’t have to worry about getting it on the condom. 4

Bring your papers

Make sure you bring: two photocopies of your passport , travel insurance print-out, travel plan, a note from your doctor or a copy of the prescriptions for any medication you are bringing, and your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 5

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Ring your bank

These days many banks and credit card companies want you to tell them if you are planning on using your debit or credit cards abroad. If you don’t, you may find they get declined. A quick phone call before you leave should ensure you aren’t left short. 6

Be smart and have fun

Going a bit crazy is part of being on holiday, but just remember that you can still catch STIs, including HIV. Many European countries have much stronger drinks and pour much larger measures of spirits than they do at home. Be careful if you risk taking recreational drugs. You’re away from home and in a strange environment, so you are more vulnerable. Ending up in hospital or even in a foreign jail on a drugs charge is no one’s idea of good holiday. l For more information on sex, HIV and ways to meet people visit www.gmfa.org.uk or follow us on www.facebook.com/fsmag. www.gmfa.org.uk

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Sex it up Whether you stay at home or go abroad, it can still be a hot summer – so long as you avoid overindulging in sex, drink and drugs. “Of course you want to let your hair down and party in the summer,” says GMFA’s Matthew Hodson. “But there’s no doubt that drugs and alcohol change the way you think and feel. Even subtle effects from drugs or alcohol can alter your judgment, perceptions and the decisions you make. You may find that when you are drunk or off your face, you do things you would not do when you are sober. This could include things like telling yourself that it's OK to have unprotected sex with someone 'just this once'. That's why it's very important to plan for safer sex.” The key is to think ahead. As Matthew explains: “Thinking about the kinds of sex you want and don't want can help. If you know your sexual boundaries when you're sober it will make you more likely to make the same choices when you're not. Limiting the amount of drugs and alcohol you take can be easier said than done. The effects of drugs and alcohol depend on many things, like the amount of food you've eaten or the general mood you are in before taking them. However, if you know your limits and try to stick to them you are less likely to regret your behaviour the next day.”

Don’t get burned For a lot of us, summer means getting a bit of a tan. Whether you’re on an idyllic tropical beach, or in your own back garden, it’s important to do it properly and to avoid getting burned. Recent information released by Cancer Research UK confirmed that more men die of skin cancer than women and the rate of skin cancer in men has doubled in the last three decades. Now we know that a lot of guys still want a tan, so if you do, do it safely. Always wear a sunscreen if you are headed outside (even if it’s cloudy). SPF 15 and above are best. Avoid the midday sun if possible. If you have moles on your skin, always keep an eye on them and if

they turn darker or change shape, get them checked out at the GP pronto. For more information visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org.

Do something sporty No point sitting in the house when the weather is nice - you have the rest of the year for that. Why not take up an outdoor sport? There are loads of gay clubs covering just about every sport you can imagine – football, rugby, volleyball, golf, walking, and the list goes on. It’s not just a great way to stay fit, it’s also a way to meet new people and have a lot of fun. Join now for an action packed summer. For information on how to findgay sports clubs, visit www.gmfa.org.uk/theguide.

Speak the language of love Whether you’re getting ready for a holiday abroad or readying yourself to welcome hot guys coming to the UK, it’s useful to know a few words of another language. Many English speakers think there’s no need to learn other languages, because if someone doesn’t understand you all you need to do is speak slower and louder – and if that fails, just point to what you want. But this technique doesn’t always work, particularly if you hope to venture away from tourist areas and get to know the locals. There are loads of language courses you can sign up for. Contact your local Adult Education Centre for information. If the prospect of learning an entire new language is daunting, you should at least learn a few key words and phrases. Most guidebooks include basic phrases and you can also download language apps to your iPhone – some of which do the talking for you. But if you really want your summer to sizzle, you’ll need to learn some words that you won’t automatically find in a phrasebook! “It’s always useful to know a couple of phrases if you’re

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Fs holiday phrasebook COCK Spanish: Polla (poy-yah) French: Bite (bee-te) Italian: Cazzo (cat-so)

ARSE Spanish: Culo (koo-low) French: Cul, rondelle, oignon Italian: Culo

FUCK (FUCK ME) Spanish: Follame (foya-may) or jodeme (hoda-may) French: Baise-moi (bay-zay-mwah) Italian: Scopami (scope-ah-mee)

SUCK MY COCK Spanish: Chupame la polla (chup-a-may lah poy-yah) French: Pompe la moi Italian: Succhialo (sook-ee-ah-loh)

HARDER Spanish: Mas fuerte! (fwer-tay) French: Plus fort! (ploo-fore) Italian: Sebattini per bene!

CONDOM Spanish: Condon (con-don) French: Preservatif, capote Italian: Profilattico

LUBE Spanish: Lubricante French: Lubrifiant, gel Italian: Lubrificante

THANK YOU Spanish: Gracias (grath-ee-ass) French: Merci (mare-see) Italian: Grazie (grat-see)

I'M HIV-POSITIVE Spanish: Soy sero-positivo French: Je suis seropo Italian: Sono siero-positivo

I'M HIV-NEGATIVE Spanish: Soy sero-negativo French: Je suis sero-negatif Italian: Sono siero-negativ

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out the local talent. and see your GP as soon as you can. There are lots of lidoes across the To find out more information visit: UK so there are more places than www.cancerhelp.org.uk. ever to have a dip. Plus they are always full of gayers, so they can be great places to hang out with friends or meet new ones. Oh, and it’s great There ain’t nothing like a bit of summer loving, so get out there and exercise too. To find your local lido, get in on the action. visit www.lidos.org.uk. If you have a boyfriend, then a picnic or trip to the seaside can On a lovely sunny day, why not get a really get your romantic juices group of friends together and head to OK, it’s a bit naughty and not really flowing. And if you’re single, then allowed in most places, but if you’re the park for a picnic, or find a instead of just picking up a shag at a careful and respectful of others – peaceful spot to just read a book? bar or online, why don’t you plan what the hell? It’s bloody good fun. Nowadays, our parks aren’t just something a bit different? Meet for a empty spaces – they’re used as walk in the park, or an al fresco concert venues, festival sites and cappuccino in a café, and see what even as gyms. happens. Sometimes getting to If the recession means that a Many parks in London and know someone a bit more first can fortnight away isn’t an option in beyond have installed outdoor be more fun than your average 2011, why not have a cheap gyms developed by the ‘wham-bam-thank-you-man’ but brilliant holiday in Great Outdoor Gym hook-up. your own home? Company All you need is to (www.tgogc.com), have a holiday featuring There is nothing quite like the feeling mindset, and to equipment like research and plan of the wind blowing through your treadmills, ahead to find fun bum fluff on a hot summer day. cross-training And there are loads of places you and fascinating machines, and can go starkers outdoors in this things to do abdominal great nation of ours, from nude locally – just as benches, plus you would if you beaches to secret skinny dipping freestyle areas were going away. spots. Google ‘naked swimming uk’ for gymnastics, The official website or visit www.nuff.org.uk. aerobics, and of the British Tourist taekwondo – and Authority has loads of they’re free! Should hints and tips on you need motivating, discovering Britain’s hidden the largest and longesttreasures. They even have a running provider of outdoor dedicated gay page, fitness classes in the UK is British www.visitbritain.com/rainbow. Military Fitness By holidaying at home you avoid (www.britmilfit.com). Founded by the hassle of packing, you won’t fall gay former British Army officer victim to delays or lost luggage or Robin Cope, they have classes in 105 parks across the UK, each run by industrial action by air traffic controllers, and it doesn’t matter if fully-trained instructors with you’ve mislaid your passport – all genuine military backgrounds woof! The first class is free, so what you need to focus on is having fun! have you got to lose? somewhere where few people speak English,” agrees GMFA’s Matthew Hodson, “and you can learn the words for ‘condoms’ or ‘safer sex’ fairly simply, but the very act of getting condoms out will be well-understood, and requires no language skills.”

Get some parklife

Go dating

Shag outside

Holiday at home

it’s always best to bring along your own condom and lube

Get checked out Summer and shagging go hand in hand, whether you’re on holiday or just hot and bothered at home. Get yourself a full sexual health MOT to make sure you are fit and ready for action. And if you are bonking like the Energizer bunny all summer, it’s probably a good idea to get checked out at the end of the summer as well. To find your nearest GUM clinic, check out the listings at the end of this mag or visit www.gmfa.org.uk/clinics.

Dive into the lido Swimming is always a summertime favourite for cooling off and checking

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Get naked

Feel yourself up

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in guys under 30. Checking yourself out regularly will help you become more aware of the normal feel and size of your testicles so that any abnormalities can be spotted early on. And let’s face it, since you’ll probably be living in shorts most of the summer, you’ll have easy access. To examine yourself for lumps, support the scrotum in the palm of your hand and become familiar with the size and weight of each testicle. Examine each testicle by rolling it between your fingers and thumb. Gently feel for lumps, swellings, or changes in firmness. If you notice anything unusual, go

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When Elton John visited 10 Downing Street, HIV and AIDS were once again thrown into the spotlight. Elton was meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the work of his Elton John AIDS Foundation which aims to: support people living with the virus, fund HIV prevention programmes, and eliminate stigma associated with the illness. While a lot of progress has been made when it comes to HIV, stigma is mentioned more rarely, even though it’s all around us. Avert, the international HIV and AIDS charity, believes it still exists because people don’t fully understand HIV and react to it in strong ways. There’s also a lot of inaccurate information about how the virus is transmitted, creating irrational behaviour and misconceptions of personal risk. And HIV is related to sex and homosexuality – things that are still taboo in many circles. So FS decided to look at the affects of stigma, and the stereotyping that goes along with it and how it is feeding the continued spread of HIV in our community...

Can we talk? Much of the advice aimed at men with HIV encourages them to discuss their status with sexual partners, but this can lead to some uncomfortable conversations. Chris, 25, from London has had first hand experience of the stigma of HIV affecting his life. “I recently picked up a guy in my local gay bar and before we’d even left the bar, I told him I had HIV,” he reveals. “After that he made an excuse and said he needed to go and that he’d text me. I knew I’d never hear from him again. Not all negative guys react this way but some do. I feel I can only look for sex with HIV-positive guys but that just ghettoises HIV and that’s not fair.” Mikey, 27, from Birmingham reports something similar. “The last time I disclosed my status to a shag, he said he didn’t do HIV-positive guys and stormed out. This made me angry and upset as I’m always completely safe but he didn’t even stay around to find that out.” “Of course everyone has the right to turn down anyone they don’t want to have sex with, and on one level it’s good that men want to remain negative,” says Matthew Hodson of GMFA, the gay men’s health charity. “But if someone thinks that rejecting sex with guys who tell them that they have HIV is

an effective way of staying HIV negative they are wrong. If you have sex with lots of guys you are going to be having sex with some men with HIV, whether you know it or not.” Although 50% of gay men expect an HIV positive man to disclose, research indicates that only 20% of men with diagnosed HIV will actually do so. Furthermore, about one in five men with HIV don’t even know they have it and so would never disclose. If you base your sexual choices on false expectations of disclosure or assumptions that all the men you have sex with are HIV negative you are putting yourself at risk of acquiring HIV. “If you are HIV-negative, the best way to ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk when you fuck is to assume that a number of men you will have sex with will be HIV-positive, and to always use condoms.” Matthew goes on to say that if an HIV-positive guy doesn’t tell his partner his status and has risky sex, he himself is feeding the belief that there is something to fear

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feelings of confidence and value, by doing a bit of positive thinking and by considering counselling,” he says. If the stigma of HIV can be reduced, then the loneliness of guys with it can be reduced too.

going on a confidence building course can improve self esteem and give positive guys strategies to deal with life,” explains Sona.

The only way is up

Experts say that making assumptions about someone’s status because of the way they look is a key reason why infection rates are still so high. So stereotypes surrounding HIV-positive men also play a part in the spread of the virus.

With positive men being rejected and isolated, it’s hardly a surprise to discover Research shows that some can have very low self HIV-positive guys can esteem. “This lack of experience feelings of guilt, confidence and esteem can blame and shame because of the association of HIV with sex stem from the reactions of and disease. And this can lead people who a guy might have disclosed his status to,” to them feeling left out of society. In fact, a global survey confirms Sona Barbosa, a counselling psychologist for of HIV-positive people in 2010 showed that around 40 percent the GMI Partnership, the HIV prevention service. often felt alone and isolated because they have the virus. This in itself can have negative

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consequences for the community. HIV-positive guys with low self-esteem can begin to feel as if life is against them and have riskier sex than they would if they felt better about themselves. This can not only put them at risk of picking up other STIs but also puts negative guys at risk of contracting HIV. Yet there are ways in which HIV-positive men can begin to feel better about themselves. “Doing things to build confidence, such as

“Some guys think you can tell who is HIV-positive by their looks or actions, or where they hang out or have sex,” explains Matthew Hodson from GMFA, the gay men’s health charity. “They expect that healthylooking men could not possibly be infected,” adds Dr Adam Bourne of Sigma Research. “If someone belives he can tell which men are HIV-negative, then he must have a stereotype about how men with HIV look,” says Matthew. This comes from a belief within the gay community that people taking HIV drugs will look thin, sick , or have other visible symptoms. Adam adds- “This may influence their decision whether or not to use condoms with such a guy.” Yet these assumptions are extremely misguided, as visible signs of someone having HIV are becoming increasingly less common with continuing improvements in treatments.

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It seems their fears are not without foundation either. “We know half of negative men tell researchers they would turn down a man for sex if he said he had HIV,” reveals Richard Scholey from the Terrence Higgins Trust. “In smaller towns with limited gay scenes this means an openly positive man may find it difficult to get sex or date someone.” Agony uncle Peter Stevens frequently comes across this in the letters and emails he receives. “Guys of all ages write to me because they feel isolated as a result of their HIV-positive status,” he explains. “We might laugh at the Priscilla Queen of the Desert musical when the side of the bus is graffitied by ignorant locals with the slogan, ‘AIDS fuckers go home!’ but many positive men rightly feel there’s stigma attached to their status and that they need to hide it or not bring it up.” But Peter says there is a solution: “I try to get them to take action to replace the shame and guilt with

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“You can live with HIV without any visible symptoms whatsoever,” says Adam. So it really is impossible to tell if someone’s positive just by looking at them, making safer sex all the more important. “HIV-negative men who take risks based on assumptions or stereotypes about HIV-positive men often end up catching HIV themselves,” says Matthew. “Their prejudice regarding people with HIV can result in them catching the virus themselves.”

Finding the words Jas, 21, from London is a negative guy who never brings up the subject of HIV, no matter who he’s having sex with. “I go to saunas quite a bit and I would always assume that if a guy doesn’t mention a condom then he must be negative too or else he would insist on them,” he says. “This is the kind of attitude that can lead to negative men becoming infected,” says Matthew. Particularly when statistics show that one in four guys with HIV don’t even know they have it. “If more men felt able to be open about being positive it could only help reduce the spread of the virus,” says Richard Scholey. “Similarly if more negative men asked about their partners’ HIV status, instead of just assuming they must be negative too, that would also make a difference to the spread”. The message from the experts seems to be pretty clear – gay men need to talk more about HIV whatever their status, something that doesn’t seem to happen much at the moment.

Putting it to the test

“Men who have the virus but are unaware of the fact have a greater chance of infecting others.”

Unfortunately the stigma of HIV leads to many guys not testing, in case they find out they’re positive.

“Some men fear the consequences of HIV infection so much that they don’t want to take a test,” confirms Dr Adam Bourne. This has led to many guys assuming they’re

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negative, when the opposite is true. “Many men don’t consider the possibility of undiagnosed infection – they believe if you get HIV you will somehow feel it’s happened” says Richard Scholey. Yet men who have the virus but are unaware of the fact have a greater chance of infecting others than those receiving treatment. “We know that guys who’ve become infected with HIV but who have not been diagnosed will not be on HIV medication,” explains Adam. “This means that over time the level of the virus in their blood and in their semen will grow higher and higher. The higher a person’s viral load, the more likely it is that that they will transmit HIV to another person if they are having unprotected sex”. Plus the sooner you know you have HIV, the sooner you can get treatment that will lessen the negative effects the virus has on your longterm health and your life.

It might be 30 years since HIV first reared its head in the USA, but the virus and the suffering it brings aren’t going away. So whether someone’s positive or negative, we clearly all have a role to play in breaking down stigma and stereotypes surrounding it. Because by doing so, we’ll not only help to curb the continuing spread of HIV but also change the lives of those living with HIV for the better.


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If we are going to stop the spread of HIV, each of us needs to take responsibility for using condoms, every time.

Together we can change things How you can help in the fight against HIV with GMFA’s Count Me In five-point action plan: 1. I will know my HIV status One in four gay men who have HIV don’t know they have it. If you don’t find out you have HIV until you become ill, it can cause more damage to your health than if you found out earlier. If you don’t know you have HIV and continue to have unsafe sex you could be spreading HIV without even knowing it. But if you know for certain that you don’t have HIV, you’ll be more motivated to not to catch it. The best way to know your HIV status is to test regularly. New tests mean that you can get your result in just a few minutes. Check out the listings at the back of the magazine for HIV testing services or visit www.gmfa.org.uk/testing.

2. I will not assume I know someone else’s HIV status Some people think they can tell if someone has HIV by what they look like, their age, where they met them, or if they look ‘healthy’ or ‘sick’. The truth is you can’t tell if someone has HIV or not. To take risks based on stereotypes that you have about people with or without HIV is a bad idea and leads to the spread of HIV.

3. I will take personal responsibility for using condoms “Well he didn’t seem bothered about using condoms, so I just went along with it.” Sound familiar? Some of us end up having sex without condoms because we leave it to the other guy to bring it up, or because we are too embarrassed to bring it up ourselves. If we are going to stop the spread of HIV, each of us needs to take responsibility for using condoms, every time.

4. I will value myself and my health Feeling good about yourself and wanting to be healthy play a big part in choosing safer sex. If you feel depressed, you are more likely to take risks than if you are feeling good about life. So if you’re feeling a bit down, ring your mates, get some exercise, or join a social group. There’s free counselling available to gay men around the UK that can help. Check out the listings at the back of this magazine for more information.

5. I will stay informed about HIV and how it’s spread Most of us think we know all there is to know about HIV and how it’s spread. But there’s still a lot of bad information out there and you may be taking risks without even knowing it. Make sure you have the best information by getting it from a trusted source. Check out www.gmfa.org.uk/sex for the most up to date information and advice on how to have the best sex with the lowest risk.

Info If you’re HIV-positive and feel low or depressed, then seek help to build your self-esteem and you will feel better. Check out www.gmfa.org.uk, or www.gmipartnership.org.uk for lots of information about courses and help with dealing with your HIV status.

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No one wants to catch HIV, but every year more and more gay men are infected and will live with the negative effects for the rest of their lives. the campaign is calling on all gay men to help stop the spread of HIV in our community by agreeing to this easy five-point action plan:

I will know my HIV status. I will not assume I know someone else’s HIV status. I will take personal responsibility for using condoms. I will value myself and my health. I will stay informed about HIV and how it is spread. If every gay man in the uK followed this plan, we could stop HIV damaging any more lives.

It’s time for us all to stand up and be counted. Commit today to make a difference. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gmfa.uk.

Support

the campaign and GMFA by making a donation. Visit www.gmfa.org.uk/donate.

GMFA, Unit 43 The Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Road, London SW2 1BZ Charity number: 1076854


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HEALTH

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Dare to tell If someone you had sex with found out he had an STI, you would want to know, right?

But if it happened to you, would you be able to tell them? FS finds out why it’s important to know and to tell, and reveals a new service that makes both of them easier. Using condoms will protect you from many sexually transmitted infections, and many of them are easily cured or can be vaccinated against. However, the transmission of some STIs is very difficult to prevent, even if you have safer sex, so sexually active gay men should go for a check-up about every six months to test for these infections. You may have an STI without knowing it, so sexual health check-ups are an important part of staying healthy. Left untreated, STIs can cause serious health problems or even death. Being infected with one STI can also make others easier to catch. If you are HIV-positive, other STIs can make it more likely that you'll pass on HIV if you fuck without condoms. If you are HIV-negative, being infected with another STI can make you more vulnerable to HIV infection. So basically, it’s always better to know.

Why it’s important to tell If you've been diagnosed with an STI, don't assume that your previous sex partners already know if they have an STI. It is possible to be infected without having any symptoms. The person who gave you an STI probably didn't know they had one and, without knowing, you may have already passed on your STI to someone else.

So even if you feel a bit awkward about informing your sexual partners that you have an STI, it's really important that you do it so they have the opportunity to get tested and treated. To make it a lot easier to both give and receive this kind of information, GMFA has developed a messaging service, which can be used anonymously, to tell people you have slept with that you have been diagnosed with an STI.

Here’s how it works At the clinic you are given a special code to log on to GMFA’s Sexual Health Messaging Service website. You’re then asked to put in your partners’ details, like an email address, phone number or online profile name on Gaydar, Fitlads or Recon. All messages can be anonymous and are sent out from an automated system, so cannot be traced. This is the first and only service that lets you send messages via gay dating sites. But it will only work if you and your partners ‘opt-in’ to receive messages on the dating site. It doesn’t mean you’re a slag or dirty or even likely to catch an STI, it just means that you know how important it is to know if you have an STI or not, and want to make it as easy as possible to find out. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Here’s a quick guide to getting started: 1. On Fitlads: Log in, visit this page: www.fitlads.net/members/gmfa/ index.php and hit the button that says: 'Yes, let GMFA message me'.

2. On Gaydar: When you're logged in, search for and open the ‘gmfa-pn’ profile, then click on the 'Clear Thought' icon (it looks like a thought bubble and sits between the paw and cup of coffee icons).

3. On recOn: When you're logged in, go to 'My Account' then 'Privacy' and then under 'GMFA Messages' tick the box where it says 'Allow GMFA to send messages to my Message Centre Inbox'.

l For more information of GMFA’s partner notification messaging service please visit: http://bit.ly/FAQpn. www.gmfa.org.uk

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Party monster David Stuart from London Friend gives his advice on what to do when drink and drugs start getting scary. “Me and my friends go out a lot on the weekend, and although they do drugs, I never do; I can have a good time dancing and socialising without drugs. But I do smoke a couple of spliffs every day, and my friends have the cheek to call me a druggie! They're wrong aren't they? Isn't marijuana harmless?” Nick Right or wrong, it's certainly not very nice to be called a "druggie". Maybe your friends are trying to say they've noticed a change in you and they're worried. Or maybe they're just defensive about the drugs they're doing on the weekend. It's true to say that marijuana is less problematic than some other drugs, but it's not completely harmless either. There's some evidence that suggests that smoking in your teens or early twenties can make you more likely to suffer from mental health problems later in life: problems like depression, or perhaps even more serious conditions debated). We know for certain that marijuana can exacerbate pre-existing mental health problems, and cause psychotic episodes in people who otherwise might be stable on their medications. We need motivation to get up and move forward sometimes, and marijuana is, for many, a motivation killer and a way to avoid facing difficult things. Things like making new friends, or enjoying new passtimes. It can make it harder to make difficult decisions, deal with the past or think about the future. Whether you're smoking too much or not is a decision you have

Weknow forcertainthat marijuanacan exacerbate pre-existing mentalhealth problems.

Below thebelt

When things get nasty down below... This monTh:

Gonorrhoea

What is it? Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection you can get in your cock, arse, throat, or eyes. How do you get it? You can catch it by fucking or getting fucked without a condom, rimming, giving or receiving blow-jobs or by getting an infected guy’s cum in your eye.

to make yourself, but it may help to talk about it with friends or even a counsellor. Both Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend have people you can speak with about this, and it's always better to be well-informed when using drugs.

l If you need some advice email fsmag@gmfa.org.uk. For more info on drink and drugs and how to get help, visit: www.antidote-lgbt.com.

How do you prevent it? Using condoms will prevent many cases of gonorrhoea. If you wanted to reduce the risks further, you would have to use condoms for oral sex. Sucking cock carries a risk even if he doesn’t cum in your mouth. Many guys have gonorrhoea in their throat and don’t even know it, so if they suck you off, you could catch it. How do you know you’ve got it? Symptoms can include a white or greenish pus coming out of your cock and a burning sensation when you piss or cum. Infection in your arse may be noticeable by

a yellowish pus, fresh blood on your poo, mild diarrhoea, or itching and pain when pooing. Infection via your mouth can result in a sore throat and sometimes a cough. Red, swollen, weeping eyes are also symptoms. Sometimes there are no symptoms or they are too mild to be noticeable, particularly with gonorrhoea in the arse and throat. How do you treat it? Gonorrhoea is treatable and is completely curable.

l For more info on gonorrhoea and other STIs or to find a clinic: visit www.gmfa.org.uk/sex.

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Hey gmfa…

I’ve got a problem! The team at GMFA answer questions from their website that you may be too shy to ask in the flesh... Will soap make toys safe?

Help, I can’t get off!

Can sex toys be washed with hot water and soap to remove STIs or any other disease? Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are remarkably sensitive to soap and water. Washing sex toys will go a long way to prevent the spread of STIs – but it may not be 100 percent effective. Ideally, toys should not be passed between partners, or they should be covered with a condom which should be changed in between partners to improve the protection.

What could be wrong with me if I can't get off receiving oral sex? There’s nothing wrong with you. Some people just can't have an orgasm with oral sex. It can be that you need more stimulation or just don't find it appealing. You know what they say, "different strokes for different folks". Anyway, if it bothers you, you can have your partner stimulate you with his hand and mouth which may enable you to have an orgasm that way. If that doesn’t work, have him try getting you off with his hand and then when you are about to cum he can finish you off with his mouth. That can train you to be able to get off easier in the future. Although it’s less risky than getting fucked, HIV can be transmitted by oral sex so it’s safer not to cum in his mouth.

Q

Is he tearing me apart? Several times during anal sex with my boyfriend, I felt pains which felt like there might be a tear. But the pain soon diminished as the sex went on. There was also no bleeding. Does the pain mean there might be a real muscle tear? The pain is probably not from a tear but just from the muscle not being relaxed during insertion of your boyfriend's cock. Actual tears continue to hurt and there is usually blood. If you have this problem often, your boyfriend needs to take it slower. You can also try sitting down on him to control the penetration. You will feel it start to hurt from the muscle tightening and just stay there. Within 30 to 60 seconds the muscle will loosen and you can sit the rest of the way down. Move up and down a few times and then go to whatever position you want, because by then the muscle is relaxed and there’s no problem. Also, when you are trying to get your boyfriend inside don't touch your cock. There is a reflex from your penis to your anus that tightens the muscles. Once he's inside you can certainly touch it all you want.

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lFor more info about sex and sexual health or to ask a question visit: www.gmfa.org.uk/sex.

How risky is… fucking Most gay men who have HIV caught it from fucking without condoms. As far as gay sex goes, getting fucked without a condom and your partner cumming inside you is the riskiest thing you can do. Besides HIV you can catch many other sexually transmitted infections when fucking without condoms. So using condoms is the best way to protect yourself against HIV and other STIs.


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Sort it out!

FS readers and a trained counsellor give their advice on how to tackle one of life’s problems.

This month’s problem…

I think my drink was spiked Q and now I could have HIV…

The other evening I was at home and bored so I turned on Grindr and started chatting to a guy. We met up, went for a drink and I have no idea what happened next but all I remember is waking up in my room with no clothes on and he was gone. I don’t know if we fucked or not and I don’t know if we used a condom either. I have never been so drunk in my life and I’m starting to think my drink was spiked. I’ve tried messaging him but he’s ignored them and now I think he’s blocked me. I don’t know if he is positive and I don’t have any way to find out now. I know I should go and get tested but the thought of becoming positive scares me. I’d much rather not know and I just feel I wouldn’t cope. I feel so embarrassed at what I’ve done. Any help would be appreciated. Damien – Nottingham

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Dear Damien I don’t want you to feel bad about yourself but these things happen all too often. You don’t know how many of my mates have had the same thing happen to them so I know how you are feeling. What I recommend you do is get a HIV test and report it to the police. I also recommend you get some counseling. Guy from Belfast

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Dear Damien Dude, this is not good. I totally feel for you. Everyone likes a bit of fun from time to time but for this to happen, it must feel like your whole world has fallen apart. First man you must get checked out. If he drugged you then had sex with you he has committed a crime and it must be reported. He will only do it again. It’s times like this that we have to think to

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“You needtotake responsibilityfor yourownactions whenitcomesto sexmixedwith alcoholand drugs.”

ourselves that not everyone out there is a nice person. There are some arseholes. Second, I think you need to get checked for HIV but it might be too soon for it to show up in your body. Go to your local GUM clinic and see what they say. Nobody wants to become positive but it’s better knowing than not knowing. Steve via email

Dear Damien I guess the first thing I would say is chances are you weren’t drugged, you just drank way too much alcohol. I have heard so many guys say “oh I must have been drugged” and then you find out they had ten pints and three sambuca shots before they “got drugged”. That or they reckon someone else drugged them, even though they had taken enough MDMA or pills to kill a horse. I am not saying it never happens, but you need to take responsibility for your own actions when it comes to sex mixed with alcohol and drugs and not try to blame it on someone else. Dick via email

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Dear Damien I have to say a similar thing happened to me. I got really drunk and woke up the next morning not knowing if I had bareback sex, and unfortunately I was diagnosed as HIV-positive a few months later. But I have to say as bad as it was, getting tested was the best thing I could do. Yes it’s not really great to have to take medication every day for the rest of my life but I can live with it. I highly recommend you get yourself tested and see. If you do test HIV-positive, then you can get a plan of action together and if you don’t, well then you know and you can hopefully learn from your mistake. Huong via email

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A counsellor’s opinion… Sona Barbosa, Counsellor Team Leader for the GMI Partnerships says: Dear Damien First of all you need to remember you did nothing wrong and you should not judge yourself too harshly and feel embarrassed. A new survey has found that one in five gay men believe themselves to have been the victim of drink spiking, with many subsequently suffering attacks as a result. In the future it might be important to be more aware and protect yourself from risky situations, not only meeting people online but also when out clubbing and socialising. Make sure you don’t leave your drink unattended. If you need to go somewhere without your drink, make sure you get someone you trust to watch it until you get back and, if possible, never let someone you don’t know buy you a drink. Secondly, it is completely understandable that the prospect of being diagnosed HIV-positive can feel like a devastating life event to have to deal with. However it is not something you need to cope with on your own. Being anxious or fearful of having HIV and all that it entails is perfectly natural. Fear and anxiety are just a couple of many emotions you will inevitably feel, and both you will have to manage. How you respond to the feelings you will experience is a personal thing but it is not something that has to be done alone. There are many services that offer support and counselling and I would advise you to speak to a counsellor and/or a sexual health adviser before having the test.

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“Anew surveyhas foundthatone infivegaymen believethemselves tohavebeenthe victimofdrink spiking”

If you don’t have the test and you are HIV-positive, you may go for years without a sign of any problems, but eventually they will come. Waiting will have diminished your chances of effective treatment. Also by waiting you are choosing to live in permanent anxiety, uncertainty and fear, which in the long term can be a lot harder to cope with. By testing now you can be in charge of your life and live a lot longer. If you are negative you can stay that way, and if you are HIV-positive you can get the appropriate medical treatment you need.

lIf you think that you may want to see a counsellor, visit www.gmfa.org.uk/counselling or go to back of the magazine for information on where you can get free counselling.

Next month’s problem… I can’t have safer sex without losing my erection. I’m 26 years old and often I can’t manage to keep an erection. When I am having sex with someone and they want me to fuck them, by the time we stop and put on the condom my erection often goes or it goes while I am fucking them. If I don’t stop to use condoms it can work a lot better. This has led me to having unprotected sex many times and I don’t know if my partners were HIV-positive. They said they weren’t but you never know. I am worried that unless I can fix this erection problem I will continue not to use condoms and eventually become HIV-positive. Please help. Ravi from Bradford

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l If you have some advice to give, or you have a problem that needs sorting, go to www.facebook.com/fsmag and post on the discussion tab or email: fsmag@gmfa.org.uk. www.gmfa.org.uk

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Groups and support in the Yorkshire and the North East… Advice and support Bradford lYorkshire MESMAC: support, information and advice for gay men, bisexual men and men who have sex with men. Phone: 01274 395815 or email: bradford@mesmac.co.uk.

County durham lThe Gay and Bisexual Men’s Service: offers support and info to gay and bisexual men. Phone Colin Cowings on 01207 523614 or 07825 401987. Phone 0191 3744131 in Derwentside, Chester-le-Street, and Durham City. Phone Tim Holmes 01325 746141 or 07971 429235 in Darlington and the Dales.

middlesBrough lMESMAC NE: support, info and advice for gay and bisexual men. Phone: 01642 804400.

newCastle lMESMAC NE: support, info and advice for gay and bisexual men. Phone: 0191 233 1333.

Clinics leeds lFast testing for gay men: HIV-testing. chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening and Hepatitis B vaccinations. Thursdays 6-8pm and by appointment. For more info ring: 0113 244 4209.

middlesBrough lOne-hour testing for gay men: Tuesdays 12-6pm and by appointment. For more info phone: 01642 804400.

newCastle lOne-hour testing for gay men: Tuesdays 5-7pm. Phone MESMAC North East on 0191 233 1333.

teesside lOne-hour testing for gay men:

for more info phone TPA 01642 254598.

HIV-positive

wakefield lTHT free sexual health clinic: Just drop in Saturdays 11am-1pm at Unit 1, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre, Wakefield Rd, Kinsley. Phone 01977 614 120.

Bradford lOur Project at Yorkshire MESMAC: service for people living with HIV including counselling, complementary herapies, advice and support. Phone: 01274 740548 or email: our@mesmac.co.uk.

Counselling hartlepool

sheffield

darlington

lHart Gables: 01429 236790.

lSHOUT!: info and support service for gay and bisexual men, a variety of activities and one to one support on request. Thurs 6.30- 9.30pm. For more info phone: 0114 253 6767, email: support@shoutinsheffield.co.uk or visit: www.shoutinsheffield.co.uk.

lGADD: closed drop-in and other services. For more info phone: 01325 25 25 22.

newCastle lMESMAC North East: 0191 233 1333.

teesside lMESMAC North East: 01642 804400.

teesside

yorkshire lYorkshire MESMAC: offers oneto-one support in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and North Yorkshire. Phone: 07771 931 327 or email: counselling@mesmac.co.uk.

Drop-in centres darlington lThe Gay Centre, 9 Duke Street, Darlington. Open House Tuesdays 2-5pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays 2-4pm. Men’s social drop-in group on Fridays 79.30pm. Ring: 01325 355 551.

hartlepool lHart Gables: Monday to Friday 10am-3pm and Mondays 7-9pm at 31 South Road, Hartlepool.

newCastle lMESMAC North East: Monday to Thursday 1-5pm at 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle.

lMESMAC NE: Mon-Fri 1-5pm. 31-33 Albert Road, Middlesbrough.

Helplines lTHT Direct: 0845 1221 200.

newCastle lHIV+ Men’s Group: discreet service for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men offering support and social activities. Meets fortnightly in central Newcastle. Phone: 0191 233 1333 or email: all@mesmacnortheast.com.

Support and social groups

Bradford

Bradford

lBradford Friend: 01274 723 802. Monday and Wednesdays 6.308.45pm

lOlder and Bolder: social group for gay and bisexual men over 60. Once a fortnight, Monday afternoons at the Equity Centre in Bradford. Ring Jonathan on: 01274 395815 or email: bradford@mesmac.co.uk. lBradford Support Group: a service providing info and advice on mental health and well being. Ring Clive on: 07913 264 967

darlington and durham lG.A.D.D (Gay Advice Darlington and Durham): 01325 35 55 51. Monday to Friday 11am-4pm and Monday and Friday 7-9pm. www.gayadvicedarlington.co.uk/

hartlepool

darlington

lHart Gables: 01429 236790. Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.

lFriday men group: group for gay and bisexual men on Friday evenings 7-9.30pm. For info phone: 01325 35 55 51.

leeds lLeeds LGB Switchboard: 0113 245 3588.

gateshead

peterlee

newCastle

lPeterlee Open House: Mondays 1-3pm and Wednesdays 2-4pm in Room 7, 4th Floor Lee House, Upper Yoden Way, Peterlee. For info ring: 0191 586 9988.

lMESMAC North East: 0191 233 1333. Monday to Friday 1-5pm.

lStag group: social activities away from the commercial gay scene, access to safer sex resources. Meets Mondays from 7.30pm in central Gateshead. Phone Steve and Mark on 0191 490 1699.

Published by GMFA Unit 43 Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Road, London, SW2 1BZ Tel: 020 7738 6872 Email: gmfa@gmfa.org.uk Website: www.gmfa.org.uk Charity number 1076854 ISSN 1750-7162

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Monday-Thursday 1-5pm.

teesside lMESMAC NE: 01642 804400

The FS team for issue 124 was Cary James (Editor), Ian Howley (Associate Editor), John Adams, Barrie Dwyer, Matthew Hodson, Frankie McPolin, Drew Payne, Shemmy, Gavin Smith, and James Stafford. Design and layout by www.christiantate.co.uk FS is part of the Pan London HIV Prevention Programme. Appearance in FS is not an indication of an individual’s sexual orientation or HIV status. The views of our writers are not necessarily the views of FS, of the organisations mentioned, GMFA, or of the editor. You can subscribe to FS for just £7 per year. Contact us on 020 7738 6872 or email fsadmin@gmfa.org.uk. You can view the current issue and past issues of FS online at: www.gmfa.org.uk/fs. Volunteers contribute to the planning, writing, editing and production of FS. To volunteer or donate, contact GMFA using the details to the right. To express your views on HIV services in London, go to www.ergoclear.com/express.


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halifax lMSM @ the Brunswick Centre: support group for gay and bi-sexual men on Thursdays 5.307.30pm. For more info phone: 01422 341 764. lHAGG (Halifax Gay Group): weekly social for gay and bi-sexual men. Phone Paul: 01422 375 307 or email: paulm@hagg.org.uk.

huddersfield lMSM @ the Brunswick Centre: support group for gay and bi-sexual men on Thursdays 5.307.30pm. For more info phone: 01422 341 764. lHUGG (Huddersfield Gay Group): weekly social for gay and bi-sexual men. For more info phone: 07773 588 628 or email: info@hugg.org.uk.

leeds lIranian Gay Community Group: meets every last Wednesday of the month 4-6pm at the Yorkshire MESMAC Leeds office. For more info phone: 0113 244 4209. lLeeds Gay Community Group: social group for gay, bi-sexual and men who have sex with men. Info: 0113 255 9973 or visit: www. leeds-gay-community .org.uk.

newCastle lGay Men Tyneside (GMT): offers social activities as an alternative to the commercial gay scene, open to gay/bisexual men who are 20 and over. Meets Wednesday evenings. For more info phone: MESMAC North East on 0191 233 1333 or visit: www.gay-men-tyneside.org.uk.

north yorkshire lGay Men Talking Northallerton: social group meeting on the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more info phone Gary on 01325 259084.

sheffield lGay Friends South Yorkshire: non-scene men’s social group. Email Paul at dogsrfine@ hotmail.co.uk.

sunderland lGay Advice Sunderland We offer advice and support on welfare benfits, housing benfits and a drop in centre for the LGBT community. Phone: 0191 510 1006 or email: gayadvicesunderland@hotmail.co .uk. Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm

teesside lTeessides Out: social group for gay and bisexual men aged over 20. Every Thursday 7-9pm. For more info phone on 01642 804 400 or email: martin@t-sidesout.co.uk.

Youth groups Bradford

lBLAGY: LGBTQ youth group for people aged 14 to 25. Wednesdays 6-8pm. For more info phone: 01274 395 815, email: blagy@mesmac.co.uk or visit www.blagygroup.com. lSOUND: For young people aged 13 to 19 who are LGBT. The group meets on Mondays from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. For more info phone: 01274 432 135 or 07796 997 569 or email: sound@ bradford.gov.uk.

Calderdale lGALYIC: LGBTQ youth group for people aged 14 to 25. For more info phone: 01706 817 235, email: getintouch@galyic.org.uk or visit www.galyic.org.uk.

County durham lDurham Young Gay People’s Network:Tuesday evenings 5.309pm. For more info phone: 0191 384 2785 (office hours only).

darlington l16-25s group: group for LGBTQ people aged 16 to 25. Meets every Thursday from 4-7pm. For more info phone: 01325 35 55 51.

hartlepool lR2B (Right to Be): Hart Gables’ group for young LGBT people up to 25. Meets every Tuesday from 5pm until 7pm. For more info phone: 01429 236 790 or email John on john.atkinson@ hartgables.org.uk.

If your area is not listed, ring THT Direct on 0845 12 21 200 to find a GUM clinic in your area. If you would like your group or organsation to be listed here, send your info to fsmag@gmfa.org.uk.

319 435 or email: lisa.carlin@leeds.gov.uk.

halifax

newCastle

lHalifax Sexual Health Clinic Laura Mitchell Sexual Health Centre, Great Albion Street, Halifax, HX1 1YR. Phone: 01422 305553. Same day HIV-testing on Tuesdays 9.30am-12noon.

lGAP (Young gay and bisexual men’s group): open to all young men aged 16 to 25 who are (or think they may be) gay or bisexual. For more information phone: 0191 233 1333 and ask for Ian.

northumBerland lAshington LGBT Youth: A group for gay/lesbian and bisexual youth. For more info phone Janet on: 0191 233 1333.

peterlee l16-25s group: for LGBT people aged 16 to 25 on Wednesday from 5-7pm in Peterlee. For info ring: 0191 586 9988.

rotherham lThe LGBT Youth Group For young people aged 16 to 25 who are LGBT. The group meets on Tuesday from 7pm until 9.30pm. For more info phone: 01709 513 063 or email: russell.oxley@ rotherham.org.uk.

sCarBorough lYoung Men’s Group: meets every Wednesdays 7-9pm. For more info phone Yorkshire MESMAC on 01904 620400.

sheffield lThe Fruitbowl: offering support and information for LGB young people of secondary school age, up to 17. Fridays 5-7pm. Phone: 0114 226 1750/ 07974 825 318, email: fb@lgbsheffield.co.uk or visit: www.lgbsheffield.co.uk.

teesside lTGV (Tees Gay Valley): group for young gay and bisexual men aged 16-25. Tuesdays 7-9pm. For more infomation phone MESMAC Teesside on 01642 804400 or 07818496297 or email: tgv_teesside@hotmail.co.uk.

wakefield huddersfield lYorkshire Mixtures Youth: For young people aged 13 to 19 who are LGBT. The group meets on Thursdays from 7pm until 9.30pm. For more info phone: 01484 223 603 or email: kerrie.clark@kirkless.org.uk.

hull lShout Group: For young people aged 14 to 25 who are LGB. The group meets every Monday from 6pm until 8pm. For more info phone: 01482 218 115 or email: huddersfieldwaters@hotmail.com

leeds lOut 2 25: For young people aged 13 to 25 who are LGBTQ. The group meets every Tuesday and Thursdays from 5.45pm until 7.45pm. For more info phone: 01132 243 798 or 07903

lFruitbowl: LGBTQ youth group in Wakefield. For info hone: 01924 211116 or email: fruitbowl@mesmac.co.uk.

york lLGBT Youth York: LGBT Youth is group for young LGBT people up to 25. For more info phone: 07767 318 175 or email: info@lgbtyouthyork.org.uk. or visit: www.lgbtyouthyork.org.uk lGUM clinics Bradford, St Lukes Hospital Sexual Health Department Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5. Male appointments: 01274 365231. Health advisors: 01274 365035. lThe Information Shop for Young People 12 Broadway, Bradford, BD1 1JF. Phone: 01274 432431 or 01274 432432. Walk in: Tuesday: 23.30pm Thursday: 2-3.30pm.

harrogate lHarrogate District Hospital Heatherdene, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate HG2 7SX. Phone: 01423 553428.

huddersfield lHuddersfield Sexual Health Clinic Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, HD1 4EW. Phone: 01484 344311.

keighley lKeighley Health Centre Clinic Oakworth Road, Keighley, BD21 1SA. Phone: 01535 295615. Appointments: Friday: 9-11.30am.

leeds lThe Centre for Sexual Health Sunnybank Wing, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3EX Phone: 0113 392 6724 or 0113 392 6725. Health Advisors: 0113 392 6057.

newCastle lThe New Croft Centre Market Street East, NE1 6ND. Phone: 0191 229 2999. Website: www.gumnewcastle.nhs.uk.

north tyneside lOne-to- One Centre Brenkly Avenue, Shiremoor NE27 0PR. Phone: 0191 297 0441.

northallerton Friarage Hospital Outpatients Department Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1JG. Phone: 01609 764209.

sCarBorough lNorthway GU Clinic The Mulberry Unit, Northway, Scarborough. Phone: 01723 342785.

sheffield lRoyal Hallamshire Hospital GUM Dept, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF Phone: 0114 276 6928.

skipton lSkipton Hospital Clinic Keighley Road, Skipton BD23 2RJ. Phone: 01756 797021. Appointment times: Tuesday: 3.30-6.30pm.

wakefield lJosephine Butler Centre for Sexual Health Clayton Hospital GUM Department, Northgate, Wakefield WF1 3JS. Phone: 01924 214421

york lMonkgate GUM Clinic 31 Monkgate, York YO31 7WA. Phone: 01904 725417.

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last chance Here are some things to remember from this issue...

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