National HIV Testing Week starts tomorrow!
21st November is the start of National HIV Testing Week........
National HIV Testing Week promotes HIV testing to gay/bisexual men, men who have sex with men and black African men and women; all, of whom are considered to be in high risk groups.
What HIV Prevention England say about the campaign:
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.
Last year hundreds of organisations participated by raising awareness, providing extra testing opportunities and promoting services - with many using NHTW resources.
NHTW welcomes the participation of any organisation whose work reaches England’s key populations affected by HIV.
A survey of organisations and clinics which participated in NHTW 2014 found:
- 96% of agencies agreed that NHTW was a valuable addition to our HIV prevention efforts.
- 86% of all agencies agreed NHTW had increased their capacity to impact on their community or clients.
- 98% indicated they will be supporting NHTW again in 2015.