For Men who have sex with Men
This section is still being developed and suggestions to improve this are always welcome, however please find some useful, hopefully, information below. If you think other information should be included then please use the contact us tab to provide suggestions.
Local Support Agencies
Local Support Agencies
The Brunswick centre offer a range of services aimed at HIV prevention and support, including provision of services for those affected by HIV. They have offices in Huddersfield and Halifax and run a number of support groups and workshops. To find out more about what they do and how they can help visit their website by clicking here
A partnership between the Basement Project and Humankind to deliver a service that support individuals suffering substance misuse to reduce harm caused and progress towards recovery. The aim is to work with people to support them to take back control of their lives by having a tailored programme of support which suits them. for more information look at their website here
What is Chemsex?
Chemsex is a commonly used term on sexual networking sites relating to a specific use of recreational drugs in a sexual context, and is separate to the use of recreational drugs for other purposes. Substances are used to facilitate or enhance sex.
Are there risks associated with Chemsex?
Chemsex can be associated with reduced inhibitions leading to more partners and an increased risk of STI's, along with increased likelihood of shared needles.
Where can I get more information on Chemsex?
The following links can provide much more information on this topic;
Brunswick Centre, click here
GMFA Gay Men's Sexual Health Charity, click here
Terrance Higgins Trust, click here
HIV Drug interactions website, click here
Slam packs provide a set of resources to reduce risk and help you stay safe. These can be obtained from the Sexual Health Service by asking at Broad Street reception or via the HIV clinic in Huddersfield or through freepost where kits are provided by Brunswick Centre. To order a pack click here, or on the image below
What is PEP?
PEP stands for Post-exposure prophylaxis and is a treatment that can prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered a person's body. The treatment involves taking HIV medication for a month and is highly effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. However, if the full course is not taken consistently for 28 days, or started after 72 hours (3days) then PEP will not be effective.
Where Can I get PEP
PEP is free on the NHS, although an assessment will need to be made by a doctor or nurse and then depending on risk PEP will be supplied. If you are concerned that you might have acquired HIV then please contact the sexual health service on 01422 261370, or A&E, to enable an assessment and treatment to begin as soon as possible.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is medication, containing tenofovir and emtricitabine which can be taken by HIV negative in order to reduce chances of acquiring the infection. NHS England have announced a trial of 10,000 individuals but details are yet to be decided.
Can I self-fund PrEP?
You can buy PrEP privately but as with any medication it is important to ensure you purchase from reputable sites to avoid counterfeit medication which could leave you exposed to risk. Prepster have produced a guide on buying PrEP online and this can be accessed by clicking here. Costs are approximately £40 - £50 per month.
PrEP offers great protection but you still need to be monitored regularly aswell to keep in the best health, so you will need blood monitoring every 3 months which can be freely provided by the sexual health service.