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 (23rd march):

We are no longer offering face to face HIV/STI/pregnancy tests across all sites.

We are currently recommending home testing kits (information below) and we can still offer 1-2-1 support over the phone.

Please call your local office for more information. 

Hull-  if you are over 16 you can order postal kits for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis here.

Rotherham- you can order a postal Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea kit by calling 01709 427777.

Leeds- if you are aged 16-24, you can order a home testing kit for Chlamydia from freetest.me

York or North Yorkshire- if you belong to a most at risk population (drug users, sex workers, black Africans, gay, bi or men who have sex with men), then you can order a home testing kit here

Bradford- If you are over 16 with a BD postcode, SH24 provide different tests depending on risk and answers to certain questions. HIV testing is available via this service. 

Wakefield- If you are over 16 and live in Wakefield, freetesting.hiv provide different tests depending on risk. HIV and Syphilis testing is available via this service.


Where possible we will be moving our counselling service to over the phone or via Zoom. Your counsellor will be in touch with you to discuss your options. 


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 these can be by telephone, and contacting people who have appointments that need to be face to face to check that they want to come in, that they are not experiencing any symptoms and that if they cannot come, offering assurances their appointment would be prioritised once there is reduced risk again. This is been reviewed and updated regularly. 


In Leeds 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.

PEP consultations will be prioritised in all clinics, though this may follow over the phone consultations in some areas. This may change on a daily basis, it is recommended you call your local sexual health service for up date information as and when you may need it.

If you are on the PrEP impact trial, then please contact your local clinic to discuss your needs in regards to medication and your testing needs. 


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. We will keep this page updated with any resources/organisations we think you may find helpful. 

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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