Gay Pride 2012

We would like to say a big thank you to all volunteers, service users, mentors and staff for all of their hard work and support at Gay Pride and at the many different events throughout the year.

Every year, LASS hold a stall at Leicester Pride to promote equality and diversity, alongside our message of safer sex. It’s a chance to see our work in the community and meet our workers in a party atmosphere.

Our “Size-O-Meter” worked particularly well this year, and it was nice to talk about what matters sometimes – Size which is often, one of the least talked about characteristics when choosing a condom.

As many know, men aren’t built the same, and neither are condoms, too small, and the condom could be uncomfortable, too large, and it could slip off. (Large condoms can actually be more of a problem than small, because condoms are extremely stretchy and normally fit well). Still, most men will be much happier using condoms that fit well, and to facilitate that, condoms come in a range of sizes.

Have you measured your size? Always wanted to know? – Then download and print our Size-O-Meter and find out. Of course, this isn’t a scientific measurement it’s just for fun, just remember to stay safe, and feel comfortable in the rubber you’re in! This year, we gave out 1,300 condoms of various size which also included 100 novelty and 300 flavoured condoms.

Rapid HIV Testing Service

The city of Leicester has the fastest-rising HIV rate in the east Midlands and the sixth-highest in the country.

Meanwhile, in 2009/10, national research demonstrated that community testing was effective in delivering tests to those at risk, preventing late diagnosis and thereby reducing onward transmission. As there was no such community testing service in Leicester, we set about creating one! – Since it’s inception, we’ve tested almost 1000 people!

Unfortunately, we were unable to provide our award winning Rapid HIV Service on site, however we still offer this service on Regent Road.  If you’re interested in having a free test, you can drop in, informally or call to make an appointment (0116 2559995).  We’re available to test during normal working hours, it’s completely free, confidential and you’ll get the results within 60 seconds from a simple finger prick test.

We use the Insti HIV test produced by BioLytical laboratories. The test is 99.96% accurate from 90 days post contact for detecting HIV 1 and 2 antibodies.

We’re no stranger to festivals and events, we’ve danced at the Caribbean Carnival, we’ve rocked at the Summer Sundae, we attend Freshers Fairs, Football Tournaments, Gay Pride, Refugee Week and many many more!  We had a great day, promoting safer sex, listening to to good music, made more friends, and Henna tattooed anyone (over 16) who wanted one.

Thank you, once again to all the volunteers who made this day an excellent success, as it has been in our previous years.

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