MESMAC’s FREE HIV TEST SERVICE
ABOUT THE SERVICE
A 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, it is available at our offices in both Newcastle and Sunderland. 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 (Sexual Health In Newcastle) staff. The kit used is Alere 4th generation antibody/antigen testing and is 99.7% accurate.
APPOINTMENTS AND DROP IN
|Drop in every Tuesday between 5-7pm (last appointment 6.30pm).
Monday – Thursday by appointment.
For more details please contact MESMAC on:
0191 233 1333.
|Appointments every Monday between 12 noon-4.30pm then drop in 4.30-6.30pm (last client 6.00pm).
Monday only (please call us first for staff availability).
For more details please contact We’Ar Out! on:
0191 233 1333.
|MESMAC North East,
11 Nelson Street,
Voluntary & Community Action Sunderland. (VCAS)
8 Frederick Street,
The MESMAC office is wheelchair friendly but unfortunately access into the building is not. There is a small step into 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle which is approximately 3 inches high, some wheelchairs can manage this but some electric ones cannot. MESMAC are not responsible for this step, this is the responsibility of the building managers but MESMAC are working on this problem and hope to have a portable ramp for access soon.
At the Sunderland base on 8 Fredrick Street there are a number of steps into the building. Please let us know beforehand if you would like an appointment so we can help with access.
HIV TEST VIDEO
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!
AWARD WINNING SERVICE
FASTEST was awarded the winner of the PCT ’Partnership Working Category’ for the GOOD PRACTISE AWARDS 2007 – 08 and 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.
WHAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE SERVICE
‘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. 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.’
Contact us about a HIV test in complete confidence below:
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