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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 JANUARY:
Friday 9th January: 12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 14th January: 15:00 - 18:00
Thursday 22nd January: 15:00 - 18:00
Friday 30th January: 15:00 - 18:00
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.
Link Up - a social group for HIV+ people in Wakefield
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
Quickie HIV Testing in Leeds
Yorkshire MESMAC in Leeds has a number of places where you can access free, rapid HIV test or a pee in a pot Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test in drop-in sessions:
At 60 Upper Basinghall Street, Leeds, LS1 5HR
Every Tuesday and Thursday 6pm – 8pm
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 Tuesday 12 noon – 2.30pm
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...