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Yorkshire MESMAC

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If you would like to book an appointment for an HIV test in your area, please contact us

To find out where and when our next free, rapid HIV testing drop-in sessions are (no appointments needed), please click here

Making It Work: Testing Times in Wakefield

In England in 2013, 59 per 1,000 MSM aged between 15-59 years old were estimated to have HIV. 16% of MSM were undiagnosed.

In 2013, 56 per 1,000 Africans aged between 15-59 year old were estimated to have HIV. 38% of African men and 31% of African women were undiagnosed.

31% of MSM and 58% of African people were diagnosed late in 2013, this is vitally important, you are more likely to die within a year if you are diagnosed late and it reduces your treatment options. 530 people with HIV infection died in 2013, most of whom were diagnosed late.

This is preventable and unacceptable.

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Click and Collect: Postal HIV testing in Wakefield

As part of Yorkshire MESMAC Wakefield's pioneering HIV testing services, we are proud to announce our Click & Collect service for our postal HIV & Syphilis testing service.

For people who want privacy, convenience or to pick up a test in your coffee break, our new premises in Wakefield City Centre is able to offer a Click & Collect service for people who are 16 years old upwards from and are either Men who have Sex with Men and/or African communities.

Click here or on the picture to the right, enter your address as 12 Cheapside, Wakefield, WF1 2SD and collect your free postal HIV & Syphilis testing kit to do at a place of your choosing. Please allow three working days for the kit to arrive in our Wakefield premises.

Text Tom on 07551 159 564 if you would like confirmation that the kit is ready for you and the time you want to collect the kit.

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Exciting changes to Sexual Health Services in Leeds are on their way!

On Wednesday 1 July 2015 Leeds Sexual Health will be launched. This is a new 'integrated' Sexual Health Service designed to offer people contraception, HIV testing and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment.  

In October 2015, a new city centre clinic will open within the Merrion Centre but until this time the service will be run from the current bases at the Centre for Sexual Health / Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) at the Sunnybank Wing of the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and Citywise on Eastgate.

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HIV Futures Event

All things HIV are changing rapidly! Treatments keep improving, the experiences of HIV positive people are evolving and there has even been some advances in HIV cure and vaccine research. So what does this mean for people living with HIV? How can we separate the facts from media enhanced hysteria? What may living with HIV look like in the future?

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Passionate about Refugee Women Support?

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City of Sanctuary Wakefield are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join their dynamic Women’s group that provide weekly support sessions and activities for women and children in Urban House. City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Urban House is an initial accommodation centre for asylum seekers, many of whom have just arrived in the UK after fleeing violence or persecution. Our residents are from all over the world, from all walks of life, and speak a vast array of languages. 

Volunteering is an opportunity for you to offer valuable support to women at a difficult and uncertain time in their life. Role Description• Supporting women by listening• Helping to create a relaxing atmosphere• Getting involved in craft activities • Helping with setting up the sessions and clearing away• Participating in volunteer meetings at Urban House and within the City of Sanctuary group• Attending training sessions, as appropriate

They ask that you commit to volunteering for 3 hours a week (Monday 1.30-4.30pm), for at least 6 months. 

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Welcome to Wakefield MESMAC

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Yorkshire MESMAC Wakefield is proud to announce that we have won the Wakefield contract for continuing to offer our award winning HIV Support and Prevention services for Wakefield District. We are also now open for business at 12 Cheapside, Wakefield, WF1 2SD. Landline phones, printer and full internet service not quite there yet. Everything else is!

We've listened to our service user feedback and found a lovely place 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.

And that's not all...

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Are you a Clever Dick or a Smart Arse?

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Are you smart with your arse and clever with your dick?  Do you want better sex?  Do you want to know more about your cock, balls and arse? 

Yorkshire MESMAC Wakefield is next running its Clever Dick workshop this summer to teach gay men everything they never learned at school, but always wanted to know, about gay sex and their bodies.  The ‘Clever Dick’ workshop is a fun one day workshop that helps men explore what they want from their sex life, and help them maximise their pleasure and minimise their risks.

These Gay Men's Sex workshops were developed by the GMFA in London and became the gold standard in Gay men’s sex education.  These workshops are being delivered in Wakefield along with up to date HIV awareness information and the results of last year’s Gay Men’s Sex Survey.  

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Domestic Abuse in LGB&T* Relationships Workshop Wakefield

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Domestic abuse can take many forms, with different actions being used against someone in order to gain power and control.  Abusive behaviour may include physical violence, emotional and psychological manipulation, financial control, sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviours.  These behaviours can be used to control a person or make him or her compliant and fearful.  Domestic abuse also includes being forced to marry someone you don’t choose, and being made to do things by your family to protect family ‘honour’.

Do you know anyone who has been a victim of domestic abuse?  To what extent does domestic abuse play a part in LGB&T* relationships?  What support needs to be in place to prevent domestic abuse?  What services are currently available in Wakefield District?  And what does a ‘healthy’ relationship look like?

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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.


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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