About National HIV Testing Week
National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) is a flagship campaign to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. This year, NHTW starts on Saturday 17 November 2018.
In the UK, the combination prevention approach to HIV means we are witnessing 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.
We encourage you to do whatever is best for your local area and community. Here are some ideas:
- Order and use NHTW-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.
Campaign briefings for 2018
National HIV Testing Week puts a national spotlight on HIV testing
In 2017, the campaign ran from Saturday 18 November to Friday 24 November.
The key message was ‘give HIV the finger’, indicating that a finger-prick test is all it takes.
NHTW provides amplified opportunities for individuals who would otherwise never test to do so, and prompts all individuals at risk to get tested. Last year:
- Prince Harry attended the opening of Terrence Higgins Trust’s HIV self-testing Pop-up Shop in Hackney, London, to launch the national campaign at the highest level.
- On the same day, Public Health England (PHE) released new figures which showed that the drive to increase HIV testing is having an impact, with a 21.8% drop in the number of people who are undiagnosed and do not know that they are living with HIV.
- More MPs than ever tested for HIV in 2017. We worked in collaboration with Yorkshire MESMAC, The African Institute of Social Development, Staffordshire Buddies, Sunrise Family Support, Trade Sexual Health, LASS, Summit House, The Brigstowe Project and The Brunswick Centre to test 16 MPs all around England.
- Clinics and community organisations prepared more than 300 additional testing events around the country for people to participate in.