November 17, 2015
MASH is taking part in National HIV Testing Week 2016 and encouraging women who sex worker to take a HIV test.
The MASH support service began over 24 years ago, in an outreach van that offered women sex workers HIV testing and advice. Today, the service has developed into a truly holistic support service that empowers women and changes lives.
Julie Ledger, the MASH Sexual Health Nurse, usually carries out around 80 HIV tests a year. Over National HIV Testing Week she is encouraging the women who sex work to visit the MASH Drop-In Centre and take a test. During these sessions she is offering the Pin Prick test which uses a small drop of blood to detect HIV and can return results in 15 minutes. Women do not need an appointment – they can just pop in. (The Pin Prick test is a realistic option for women who are intravenous drug users and may struggle to have their blood taken for tests if their veins are damaged).
The tests will be available On Tuesday 24 Nov from 8pm – 10:00pm and Wednesday 25 November from 12:30pm – 3:00pm at the MASH Drop-In Centre Sessions. MASH has support available if tests have a positive result.
Julie, commented: ‘HIV tests are recommended as part of a routine sexual health check-up but you should get an HIV test if you think you have exposed yourself to risk – for example, if you have had sex without a condom with someone whose HIV status you do not know, or if you have shared injecting needles or drug equipment.’
The MASH Drop-In Centre is at 94 – 96 Fairfield St, Manchester, M1 2WR. Please phone 0161 273 4555 more information.