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National HIV Testing Week

Join in with National HIV Testing Week - visit It Starts with Me.

Now in its fourth year, National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) promotes HIV testing to gay or bisexual men 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.

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.

How to Get Involved

Order free resources

Last year over 750,000 free resources were ordered and distributed across England. Download or order free National HIV Testing Week 2015 resources (as well as other items from the It Starts With Me campaign) now.

Register your testing event

NHTW welcomes the participation of any group or organisation working in HIV prevention with gay/bisexual men or Africans. From 1 October, you can register your testing event and it will appear in the Test Finder on It Starts With Me.


There is space on leaflets and some posters for local branding and information. HPE may also provide artwork with additional organisational branding for regional placement. For more information contact:

Download the NHTW logo to use in your own designs

Cost and quantities

All items are free, but the quantities of some items may be limited. Requests for reasonable quantities will be met. Material is funded only for distribution within England and content is aimed at Africans, and gay and bisexual men.

Useful Links

Know Your Needs

Knowing the needs of your local area is the best way of understanding what is working and what needs to improve. You can find out how your area is doing in comparison to the national average for HIV prevalence and late HIV diagnoses by using our online tool.


Specialised briefings suggesting how key organisations can get involved with NHTW are available for download.

These are written for: 

  • clinicians 
  • commissioners 
  • faith leaders 
  • Local Authorities (Directors of Public Health and Health and Wellbeing Boards).

Social Media 

Facebook: Like our page and follow us at:

Twitter: Join us and follow us @startswith_me and tweet using #HIVTestWeek and #imtesting


If you have any questions about National HIV Testing Week please email: