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FREE and CONFIDENTIAL 1 hour HIV testing service open to anyone over 16 years of age regardless of gender or sexuality, is available through MESMAC North East and the SHINE (Sexual Health In Newcastle) project, it is available at our Newcastle office. The test is a simple finger prick test with a pre and post test discussion and results within the hour. The people who perform the test are all fully trained by the New Croft Centre sexual health service in Newcastle and are either MESMAC or SHINE staff. The kit used is Alere 4th generation antibody/antigen testing and is 99.7% accurate.


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To make an appointment or for more information, please call us in confidence on: 0191 233 1333.
Please be aware that the test can take up to 1 hour so allow enough time for the appointment and your travel etc. If you can’t make your appointment or are running late please let us know.
MESMAC is based on the 3rd floor of 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle. NE1 5AN.
If you need directions please ask us.


Appointment Only
9.30am until 5pm
(last test 4.00pm)
Tuesday Daytime
& Early Evening
Appointment Only
9.30am until 7pm
(last test 6.30pm)
Appointment Only
9.30am until 5pm
(last test 4.00pm)
Appointment Only
9.30am until 5pm
(last test 4.00pm)
Appointment Only
9.30am until 1pm
(Last test 12 noon)
Please note, appointments must be made by calling us on the number below.


0191 233 1333

More information:





There is currently a small step at the front entrance to the building of approximately 2 ¾ inches high. This opens into a wide area which provides sufficient space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.
If you are a wheelchair user you may need assistance to enter the building,  a portable ramp can be provided. A member of staff will arrange to meet you at the entrance to the building at a specified time where required should you need it.
There is also an alternative side entrance which provides level access at the side of the building; again a pre-arranged appointment can be made to enable you to enter the premises via this entrance.
Alternatively, services can also be provided from alternative premises.





MESMAC commissioned a 10 minute presentation of the 1 hour HIV test being offered in our Newcastle office. The aim was to show how this free and confidential service is carried out and to offer more choices around HIV testing. The service is set in a relaxed environment that feedback says is very welcoming and non judgemental. Please just click below to see the video which is hosted by ‘You Tube’ or on the video clip on the left. Watch the 1 hour HIV test video here! The shorter version is available here!





FASTEST was awarded the winner of the PCT ‘Partnership Working Category’ for the GOOD PRACTISE AWARDS 2007 – 08.
The service was runner up for the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ‘Health and Social Care Awards 2008′ for the North East Region.
The service also won the Nursing In Practice award in 2008.





‘Fantastic! – I feel very lucky to have access to this service. I doubt I would have taken an HIV test if it were not available in this form.’


‘Very friendly and professional. Comprehensive information given and relevant additional care centres were signposted (New Croft Centre for Hepatitis vaccine since I am in a higher risk demographic). Would definitely recommend this care centre (MESMAC, Newcastle) to friends. 10/10′


‘The service today was outstanding, the person I spoke to was very helpful, made me feel at ease and explained everything to me.1 hour HIV test logo
Service was very personal and helped ease all my worries and explained all outcomes to me. Thank you, a really excellent service at such a worrying and stressful time.’



Sam was extremely friendly, approachable and made me very much feel at ease, I really couldn’t fault her at all.
I would recommend any friend to come here for the atmosphere and the fantastic attitude of the staff.




Any gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and Black African men and women, 16 years and over will be able to order an HIV sampling kit online and have it deliver to their address in England. With the kit, a person can take a simple finger prick blood test and send it back to a laboratory for results and referral to local confidential clinical and support services should this be required. The tests are provided by Test.HIV and can be ordered online from More information can be found by visiting the link.

Below is a quick pictorial guide to the home HIV testing kit.




For information about our HIV test, email us in complete confidence below:

Please give a name if you can but it doesn’t need to be your real name.
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