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Vacancy for Local Services Coordinator in Wakefield

Yorkshire MESMAC is a group of independent community based sexual health and social wellbeing services that are committed to developing and delivering services that are responsive to the needs of our communities.

We expect all our staff to be able to demonstrate the following core competencies.

  • A commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice.
  • An ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds in a respectful and empowering way.
  • A strong and full commitment to confidentiality.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • The ability to work as part of a diverse team.

 

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Vacancies for Sessional Workers in Leeds

We are seeking to appoint to two posts in Leeds: Sessional Community Outreach Worker and Sessional Condom Packer. We encourage applications to one or both posts simultaneously.

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Yorkshire MESMAC's Small Opening

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Yorkshire MESMAC is proud to announce a new addition to the Leeds LGB&T* Quarter. After a year or two of searching, Yorkshire MESMAC has found new headquarters premises in Leeds! The new MESMAC Towers is just a stone’s throw away from the Basement Complex Sauna, a hefty shot putt to Malmaison and round the corner from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the rest of Leeds LGB&T* scene at 22/23 Blayds Yard, Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AD!

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Regular Testing sessions in Keighley

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Yorkshire MESMAC are once again working in partnership with the Bradford and Airedale Chlamydia Screening Team and are starting to deliver regular HIV testing in Keighley.

The sessions run every Monday between 3 and 5pm and Yorkshire MESMAC will be present on the last Monday of the month to add HIV testing to the services already available (chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening, free condoms etc...)

The sessions are taking place in Connexions in Keighley Town Hall.

For more info/directions etc...please contact Jonathan on: 07810550534 or email: bradford@mesmac.co.uk 

Leeds Sauna Testing Sessions!

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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 every Tuesday between 12 noon and 2.30pm and special testing events at weekends. 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. We will be updating special testing events on our calendar, please click here for the next ones.

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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 Tuesday 12 noon – 2.30pm 

What is your coping strategy?

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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:

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Lemmings?

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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.

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Positive Mingle

Positive Mingle

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 friends 

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Everyone has a past

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