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Pre-exposure prophylaxis is a course of HIV drugs taken before sex to reduce the risk of getting HIV. It is taken as a tablet once a day and research suggests that if it is taken every day as directed, it is very effective in preventing HIV transmission. PrEP is intended for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. This includes people with a partner who is HIV positive or those who have multiple sexual partners and find it hard to use condoms. This is different to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which is taken after a potential exposure to HIV.
In the UK, PrEP is only available to people who have enrolled in a research trial. This means that PrEP isn’t currently available through the NHS on prescription. There is no agreement yet for when this might happen.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
On Wednesday 1 July 2015 Leeds Sexual Health 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.Read more...
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.
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...Read more...
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?Read more...
Welcome to Hull
Did you know that 2015 year marked 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 on the launch of venues for Testing Times and volunteering opportunities.
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...