We are a charity primarily involved in HIV prevention.
- Free, fast and confidential HIV testing (results in 20 minutes)
- Home testing kits for other sexually-transmitted infections
- Free condoms by post (various sizes and some non-latex) with lubricant
- Outreach to most-at-risk individuals and groups
- 1-on-1 support, advocacy, training and workshops
- Volunteering opportunities
Location and Contact Details
We currently offer the following drop-in testing sessions:
At the Citizens Advice office in Selby:
- Every Friday evening from 6-8pm
- Every last Saturday of the month lunchtime 12-2pm
At Selby Leisure Centre (meeting point in ‘The Summit’ Bar, test in a private office)
- Every first Tuesday of the month 6-8pm
The HIV test takes a pinprick of blood from your fingertip and delivers a result in 20 minutes. A short conversation is necessary prior to the test to assess your risk and to propose ways you could consider to protect yourself. We also need to ensure that you understand what the test result means.
People with HIV today live full and healthy lives once they have accessed treatment, but outcomes are significantly better if you are diagnosed as early as possible. Early diagnosis is also in the interest of your sexual partners, because a newly-infected person is highly infectious.
Come to the drop-in, or book an appointment if you prefer: www.mesmac.co.uk/bookhivtest/selby
Visit our website for information on STIs, details of our other services and to order free condoms through the post.
Mesmac’s Community Development Worker for Selby is Greg White and you can reach him on: 07710 099031 or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/greg.mesmac
If you believe you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours (3 days), you should consider PEP, which stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis. PEP is a course of pills that you can obtain from sexual health clinics or at A&E. You will have to take it daily for a month, but if you have begun the course within the 72 hours, it may prevent you from becoming infected with HIV. Because the Sexual Health Clinic at Selby Memorial Hospital only operates 2 days per week, we would recommend that you access PEP through the Monkgate clinic in York, which is open through the week and has more staff on duty to help you get the help you need.