COVID-19

This page will be updated with any changes to our services, as well as any useful information in relation to HIV/sexual heath and COVID-19.

UPDATE (1st July):

We will be offering our usual sexual health screening from the 5th July

Tests will be by online booking only

Community groups, volunteering and face to face support is still on hold

121 or group support is still being delivered online 

SH:24 have partnered with Public Health England to provide HIV and Syphilis testing to everyone across England. You can order a free and confidential test here


Where possible we will be moving our counselling service to over the phone or via video call. We are still taking referrals at this time. 


We will do all we can to ensure any regular 121s can continue via phone calls or Zoom meetings and we are also looking into providing Zoom options for our groups. If you have any questions about this, please contact your local office/worker for more information. 


Our Gender Outreach Workers are following direction from the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust.They are continuing to operate as a service offering telephone appointments where this is appropriate. This is been reviewed and updated regularly. 


In Bradford and Wakefield, services are able to arrange medication supplies for people living with HIV over the phone. This is likely to be the case in most areas, we will update when we hear more.

Bradford:

Hardship support

Wellington Moyo: 01274 740548, 07872398573


For HIV medication Enquiries


Trinity Centre: 01274 365088 or 01274 365697


Peer support group & food banks information


Ryan Walsh: 01274 395815, 07709673780


HIV & STIs testing, PrEP, PEP


Locala Clinics : 030 3330 9500

Counselling support


Christine Blessing: 07771931327

 

 Wakefield:                   

 

Hardship and 121 support

Pat McCusker 01924 211116, 07710 099030


For HIV clinical support


Brotherton Wing Clinic 0113 392 6762


For HIV medication Enquiries


Brotherton Wing Clinic 0113 392 5454


Peer support groups


Mark Tyson 07955 005 113


HIV & STIs testing, PrEP, PEP


Spectrum Sexual Health 0800 1214860

Counselling support


Christine Blessing: 07771931327

 

 Currently, MESMAC only provides social support for people living with HIV in Bradford and Wakefield. If you are in a different area, you can contact one of our workers to find out your nearest social support service. 


Yorkshire MESMAC are currently unable to deliver any face to face work, including testing. All sexual health services are taking phone calls and then triaging these depending on the need. You will need to call your local sexual health service if you need a test, or have questions about your contraception. 

Leeds

Bradford

Wakefield

York/North Yorkshire

Hull

Rotherham 


It is imperative that we all look after our mental health during this time. Isolation isn't easy for everyone, feeling low, lonely, anxious or stressed can take a toll on our resilience. 

Our counselling service is still taking referrals and all our mental health services are offering 121s and groups socials. Please get in touch with us if you feel we can help you around you sexual and mental health.  

Switchboard are still currently offering their phone, email and IM services. Don't suffer in silence, talk to someone. 

The mental health foundation have a page on tips for looking after your mental health as well, check them out here


Please follow the most up to date official guidance if you are concerned you may have coronavirus. You can find Government updates here and NHS guidance here


MESMAC will not be offering health advice in relation to the coronavirus beyond our phone screening. 


Each local authority has local information on, including volunteering options, food banks or keeping well at home information. 

Leeds

Bradford

Wakefield

Hull

Rotherham

York

North Yorkshire 


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