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Yorkshire MESMAC

Yorkshire MESMAC is part of a group of services. Each of these services has a microsite of its own which can be visited by clicking the links above, or please use the links to the left to navigate around the main website.

If you have any news or upcoming events that you would like to display here, please email us with a short paragraph and we will give it due consideration. We also reserve the right to edit any material submitted.

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To find out where and when our next free, rapid HIV testing sessions are, please click here

If you would like to book an appointment outside of these times, please contact us

Wakefield Click, Kit, Test: Sexual Health Testing at Home

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Yorkshire MESMAC Wakefield is proud to announce that our new free HIV and Syphilis at home testing service has been launched as of 23rd March 2015. This is an innovative service which means Wakefield District residents who are Gay Men, Bisexual Men or Men who have Sex with Men and/or from African Communities will be able to order a free HIV and Syphilis testing kit to be sent to their homes. This service is completely free and confidential for Wakefield District residents.

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Welcome to Hull

Did you know that 2015 year marks the exciting start of Yorkshire MESMAC services in Hull.

Please click here to go to the Yorkshire MESMAC Hull page for further details.

Keep tuned for details of our new premises, as well as for details on the launch of venues for Testing Times and volunteering opportunities.


Wakefield on the move

Yorkshire MESMAC and Begin has moved out of our old premises amidst some changes and improvements to our service. We have a new office in Wakefield city centre being made ready for our award winning services and we we think will be a huge improvement for our service users and staff to be closer to the action. We've listened to our service users and found a location near Wakefield bus station, Wakefield Westgate rail station AND Josephine Butler Centre for Sexual Health Wakefield to make it even easier to access our services.

In the meantime, we will still be delivering our services out of office and will update you all when we have the new office all ship shape, looking good and ready to make a splash!

If you would like to make a referral, arrange a rapid HIV test or ask a few questions about sexual health and/or HIV please get in touch with our workers.

Mark Tyson can be contacted by email m.tyson@mesmac.co.uk or call 07955 005 113. Linda Mudenda can be contacted by email l.mudenda@mesmac.co.uk or call 07806 845 655. Tom Hunt can be contacted via wakefield@mesmac.co.uk or by text message 07551 159 564. 

Fruitbowl will still be running out of its current location, if you want to contact Fruitbowl, Gail can be contacted on 07990 555 336 or via email gviccarsdyas@wakefield.gov.uk

Currently AMP, TransWakefield and Link Up will not be meeting in the usual meeting spaces but have made alternate arrangements!

Leeds Sauna Testing Sessions! - APRIL, MAY & JUNE UPDATE

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If you are a sauna user, you can access free, fast and confidential HIV testing in either the Basement Sauna and Steam Complex Sauna.

In the Steam Complex, there is a full sexual health testing service on specific dates within January. Thanks to the Steam Complex Sauna & Leeds Centre for Sexual Health, we now have our very own men who have sex with men targeted full HIV/STI testing clinic at 8 Eyres Avenue, Armley, LS12 3BA. 

DATES FOR APRIL:
Thursday 16th April: 3-6pm
Saturday 18th April: 3-7pm
Friday 24th April: 12-3pm
Wednesday 29th April: 3-6pm

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Self-harm Workshop

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Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with difficult feelings, old memories, or overwhelming situations and experiences. The ways you hurt yourself can be physical, such as cutting yourself. They can also be less obvious, such as putting yourself in risky situations, or not looking after your own physical or emotional needs.

In this two hour workshop, Rightsteps (who support individuals across Wakefield District with common mental health problems) will be examining:

What is self-harm?

What is it used for?

How can I help myself?

How can my friends, family and others help me?

The experiences of LGB&T people.

And the link to our sexual risk and behaviours.

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New vacancies at The BLAST Project

The BLAST Project has new vacancies for 2 Primary Education Development Workers (1 FT for 37 hours per week, 1 PT for 23 hours per week).

Please click here for further details and application pack.

Spotlight on Yorkshire MESMAC

We would like to invite you to join us in our annual celebration of the achievements of our service users, communities, volunteers, trustees and staff at The Banqueting Suite, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 5UR on Thursday 23rd April at 7pm.

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Yorkshire MESMAC on the Big Screen!

Yorkshire MESMAC will be featuring a promotional film on the Bradford Big Screen, beside Centenary Square.

The film will be featuring throughout the day until late June, and features a wide range of our work with service users in all areas, focusing particularly on HIV Prevention, HIV Social Support, LGBTQ Youth Groups, Counselling and The BLAST Project.

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Exciting new research prompts Community Statement on PrEP

Yorkshire MESMAC has teamed up with other leading HIV prevention organisations to produce a statement from the community about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and how it affects HIV transmission, following research from 2 promising European studies.

The statement calls for PrEP to be made available as soon as possible across England.

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Chat Apps and how they are changing the LGBT community

In the past 5 years we’ve seen an explosion in chat apps designed to help us find love, sex and everything else from the comfort of our smart phones. However, have we considered how this is changing the LBGT community? Furthermore, have we considered whether this is a good or a bad thing?

One of our e-outreach volunteers gives us his view.

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