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Leeds Sauna Testing Sessions! - FEB/MARCH 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 FEBRUARY:

Wednesday 4th February: 15:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11th February: 15:00 - 18:00
Thursday 19th February: 15:00 - 18:00
Saturday 21st February: 15:00 - 19:00
Friday 27th February: 12:00 - 15:00

DATES FOR MARCH:

Wednesday 4th March: 15:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11th March: 15:00 - 18:00
Thursday 19th March: 15:00 - 18:00
Saturday 21st March: 15:00 - 19:00
Friday 27th March: 12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 31st March: 15:00 - 18:00 

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Support around Recreational Drugs in Wakefield

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Turning Point's ‘Wreckreational’ team in Wakefield offer advice and guidance about the use of party drugs and raise awareness of the risks associated with their use. They also offer treatment to those who want support to stop using party drugs, in the form of a detox programme, one to one support sessions and a group work programme around the use of other drugs.

 

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Link Up - a social group for HIV+ people in Wakefield

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Link Up - a group for people living with and affected by HIV

Link Up is your social group run by HIV+ people for all HIV+ people and people affected by HIV in the Wakefield District. Perhaps you are newly diagnosed and want some support; or perhaps you have been living with HIV for some time and would like to make some new friends and have some fun. Either way you are not alone. Free food and drink will be provided.

The group meets every fourth Thursday in the month 7pm to 9pm (excluding December) at a safe and confidential Wakefield city centre location. For more informatiion, please contact Mark Tyson on 07955 005 113, or at the Wakefield office 01924 211 116 or email m.tyson@mesmac.co.uk

Yorkshire MESMAC's Board of Trustees has a new Chair

After many years as Chair of Yorkshire MESMAC, Liaqat Ali has stood down.

At last week’s Annual General Meeting, Steve Bridge was appointed into the role.  Steve has been a civil servant for 31 years and is currently working on Adult Social Care policy in the Department of Health. He has been on the Board of Trustees at MESMAC for over two years and brings a wealth of knowledge about the Health and Care system, procurement and grants processes, along with a passion for the HIV prevention and sexual health promotion agenda.

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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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Testing Times through the eyes of a Volunteer

Yorkshire Bears’ Rob Wilson writes about his experiences volunteering with Yorkshire MESMAC, and what it’s like to help out the Leeds Testing Times project.

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PROUD study shows impact of PrEP in reducing HIV transmission for men who have sex with men

PROUD have released a study that shows that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective in reducing the risk of transmission of HIV among gay men and men who have sex with men

This is exciting news in the breakthrough of PrEP as a means of protection against HIV.

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