National HIV Testing Week promotes HIV testing to the most affected population groups in England, men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV.
The week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory and private sectors, and promotes the benefits of regular testing and treatment for both the individual and community.
It raises awareness of the importance of HIV testing, as well as increasing opportunities to test – be it in clinical settings, in primary care, through community-based rapid testing or via postal testing. The ultimate goal is to increase regular HIV testing in the most affected groups.
National HIV Testing Week will take place from Saturday 17 November to Friday 23 November.
Hundreds of clinics and organisations participated by raising awareness, providing extra testing opportunities and promoting services – with many using the free and customisable printed and digital resources provided by HIV Prevention England.
How to get involved
We encourage you to do whatever is best for your local area and community. Here are some ideas.
- Order and use National HIV Testing Week branded posters and resources in your service.
- Organise local testing events in clinic and as part of outreach in community settings.
- Register the testing events you have scheduled for November through our online ‘Test Finder’ tool. This will be promoted to people at high risk in your local area via online promotion.
- Share, repost and retweet National HIV Testing Week social media content to all public networks, and use the social media pack on our website to customise your posts.