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Quickie HIV Testing in Leeds
Yorkshire MESMAC has expanded where and when you can drop in for a free, rapid HIV test or a pee in a pot Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test:
At 60 Upper Basinghall Street, Leeds, LS1 5HR
Every Tuesday and Thursday 6pm – 8pm
Every first Saturday of the month 12 noon – 3pm
At Basement Sauna Complex, 7 Heaton Court, Leeds, LS1 4LJ
First Sundays of the month 2pm – 4pm
At Steam Complex Sauna, 8 Eyres Avenue, Leeds, LS12 3BA (for all HIV/STI testing)
Every Wednesday 3pm – 6pm
Testing Times has been running its free, rapid and confidential HIV testing in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and North Yorkshire for several years and Tom Hunt, your Yorkshire MESMAC Community Development Worker in Leeds, thought that it would be interesting to talk about a conversation with Henry, a gay man wanted to be tested in one of our drop-in sessions:Read more...
We are always thinking about risk and how we approach it. Walking in front of a car or a bus may be seen as suicidal however we do this on a regular basis judging the risk to ourselves depending on the distance of the speeding vehicle approaching us. Smoking is well recognised as a dangerous vice however many of us still do it…for us, the momentary pleasure of smoking a cigarette when stressed outweighs the real danger of cancer. Having sex without a condom puts you at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections however gay men are still having sex without a condom as the trade-off of the increased sensation outweighs the real risk of HIV infection to them.Read more...
A HIV positive diagnosis can be an isolating event. Quite apart from the dent to your self-esteem and dealing with the stigma there is the thorny issue of disclosure. Who can I trust to talk to about this? Will people judge me?
Sometimes what is needed is some help and support from another HIV positive person, a Yorkshire MESMAC Community Development Worker or a Counsellor. More often than not, however, the most effective way to get your life back on track is to make some new friendsRead more...
Meet the Consultants
Dr John Lee and Dr Amy Tobin of the Josephine Butler Centre for Sexual Health in Wakefield will be attending this informal question and answer event. Free food and drinks will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to ask all those HIV and health related questions you dont have time for in your consultation. Also, find out the truth behind the recent articles in the press about advances towards a cure for HIV.
Thursday 27th March 2014, 6.30pm - 9pmRead more...
Leeds is amongst the 32 Local Authorities selected to go through to the second round of the Big Lottery Fund's Fulfilling Lives: Aging Better programme. There can only be one partnership for each area, and the partnership must include organisations from across the private, voluntary and public sectors. There must also be representation from at least one older people's advocacy group. The lead partner for the partnership in Leeds is Leeds Older People's Forum.
They are keen to get Older members of the LGB&T community representation in the strategy and would welcome applications from LGB&T social groups to have their say.Read more...
The new website for the Leeds Students in the Sex Industry project is now up & running: www.leeds-ssi.webs.com
The site features a lot of information on a range of topics affecting students in various areas of the sex industry, as well as links to other support & services available, all on one site. It is designed to be supportive, informative and non-judgemental on sex work, and is aimed at both students already in the industry and those thinking about entering the industry.Read more...
PrEP - Pre Exposure Prophylaxis
Everyone has a past
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