About National HIV Testing Week
National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) is our flagship annual event which seeks to promote regular testing among key populations. It aims to reduce the numbers of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. It is held every November ahead of World AIDS Day.
In the UK, the combination prevention approach to HIV has led to a substantial decline in HIV diagnoses for the first time.
However, the work must not stop here. There was a small increase in late diagnoses between 2015 (39%) and 2017 (43%), which means testing is still as important as ever.
NHTW 2018 utilised the successful ‘Give HIV the finger’ creative, building on the existing recognition of the previous year’s campaign. The key messages promoted the ease, convenience and accessibility of HIV testing. Targeted social media advertising and outdoor promotion in high prevalence areas helped to promote the campaign. In addition, more than 1,300 press articles were generated.
We made free resources available to anyone working in HIV prevention in England which bolstered local activity and advertised additional HIV testing events or signposted people to services.
Stakeholders were asked to evaluate the campaign following the event:
- 98% of respondents will support NHTW 2019
- 98% agree NHTW is a valuable addition to their HIV prevention efforts
- 70% agree NHTW increased their organisation’s capacity to impact their community/clients
- 56% provided extra HIV testing opportunities for their communities.
We encourage stakeholders to do whatever is best for their local area and community including:
- Ordering NHTW branded posters and resources for their services.
- Organising additional local testing events in clinic and as part of outreach in community settings.
- Registering testing events scheduled during the month of November through our online ‘test finder’ tool. These events are then promoted to people at high risk via online promotion of the It Starts With Me ‘where to test’ tool.