European Testing Week 2020: Testing vulnerable populations in COVID-19 restricted contexts

Together with European Testing Week, HIV Prevention England is hosting a webinar on Monday 23 November 2020 looking at testing vulnerable populations during the pandemic.

This interactive session will provide a brief overview of how providers have addressed the challenges and maximised opportunities during lockdown and other COVID-19- restricted contexts to continue to reach particularly vulnerable populations to provide testing for Blood-Borne Viruses, including HIV and Hepatitis.

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While this November we are supporting European Testing Week 2020, we remind colleagues that, owing to COVID-19, England’s own National HIV Testing Week has been postponed to 1-7 February 2021.

Community HIV testing and COVID-19

Community HIV testing and COVID-19

HIV Prevention England and NAT (National AIDS Trust) invite you to join us for this online event exploring how to deliver safe and effective community HIV testing in the current context of COVID-19, and launching NAT’s two new toolkits, created to support the effective design and evaluation of community HIV testing.

Community-based HIV testing is a valuable contributor to the effort to end HIV transmissions in England. By drawing on the best practice of current community testing providers, these toolkits explore the key questions to consider when designing and delivering community testing interventions in England. They also support stronger evaluation of interventions to ensure that lessons are learned and national understanding of community testing is improved.

This event is intended for:

  • Providers and commissioners of community testing.
  • Community organisations interested in setting up testing interventions.
  • Wider colleagues in sexual and public health.

NAT’s community testing project was funded through the Public Health England Innovation Fund and some of the content of the toolkits is specific to England. However, the toolkits and discussion will still be likely to have relevance in other parts of the UK.

HIV Prevention England and a wider Advisory Group have supported NAT throughout the project.

When: 3.30-5pm, Wednesday 26 August 2020

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HPE Conference 2020

HPE organises a conference to bring together professionals working in HIV prevention and sexual health in England, as well as other key figures and influencers in the field of HIV. The 2020 conference took place on Tuesday 18 February in central London.

Download the programme [PDF]

Coming soon: conference presentations

Morning conference sessions

Opening plenary

  • Welcome: Adam Winter, Public Health England.
  • Keynote Speech: Bruce Richman, Prevention Access Campaign.
  • The HIV Commission: Dame Inga Beale, HIV Commission.
  • Progress towards getting to zero transmissions, zero deaths and zero stigma due to HIV in the UK: Dr Valerie Delpech, Public Health England.
  • Chair: Ian Green, Terrence Higgins Trust.

HIV testing: Breaking barriers, driving access

  • Changing trends of HIV risks among MSM in London: Dee Wang, Spectra and The GMI partnership
  • Reducing barriers to HIV self-testing among black Africans: George Halfin, Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Incentivised HIV testing at food banks: Anne Glew, The Brunswick Centre
  • A reflection of seven years of HIV testing during National HIV Testing Week in Croydon: Denise Dixon (On behalf of Fred Semugera) Croydon Council

Afternoon conference sessions

Ensuring PrEP access and uptake in key populations

  • Attitudes and factors determining PrEP uptake in London: Dee Wang, Spectra and The GMI partnership
    MobPresh: women, PrEP and sexual health: Amelia Thorp, Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Are MSM using PrEP safely? Results from an online questionnaire: Greg Owen, I Want PrEP Now
  • PrEP and Prejudice: PrEP initiative for BA communities: Juddy Otti, Africa Advocacy Foundation
  • Reflections from a woman PrEP user: Haru Majengwa

STIs and sexual health: what’s working to reach highly affected groups

  • STI diagnoses among asymptomatic MSM in community testing services: Alissa Ferry, Positive East and the GMI partnership
  • Increasing STI e-testing uptake among black queer men: Phil Samba, PrEPster
  • Different community models to reach key populations in the North of England: Wellington Moyo and Pat McCusker, Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Age is no Protection: sexual health promotion in the over 50s: Steve Maddern, Wiltshire Council and Age UK
  • Improving Trans and Non Binary sexual health: third sector partnership with GUM services: Patrick Hands and Dr Madeleine Crow, Yorkshire MESMAC and Leeds Sexual Health

Closing plenary

  • The HIV Prevention Programme 2016-2019: Chamut Kifetew, Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Overview of future HIV technologies: Simon Collins, i-Base
  • No one left behind, panel discussion: Dr Vanessa Apea, Luis Guerra, Ian Howley, Lizzie Jordan, Harvey Kennedy and Michelle Ross

HIV Prevention England Conference 2020

There’s less than one week to go before the HPE Conference 2020 and we are excited to bring together more than 300 professionals who work in HIV prevention, sexual health and beyond.

The conference programme will explore ways to improve the nation’s sexual health, reduce the rising rates in sexually transmitted infections and reach zero new HIV diagnoses by 2030.

This event will provide a platform for open discussion as well as practical learning opportunities that delegates can take back to their organisations, clinics and other places of work.

We’re delighted to share the final HPE conference 2020 programme [PDF].

This event is now at full capacity – but you can still get involved.

Participate online

We will be live-streaming the Opening and Closing Plenary sessions (9.30am and 3.45pm) on YouTube. Breakout sessions in the main hall will also be available to watch online which include:

  • HIV Testing: Breaking barriers, driving access (11am to 12.15pm)
  • Ensuring PrEP access and uptake in key populations (1.00pm to 2.10pm)
  • STIs and sexual health: what’s working to reach highly affected groups (2.15pm to 3.30pm)

You can also follow the conference on Twitter, where we will be inviting delegates to discuss the presentations and workshops, our event hashtag is #HPE2020.

The conference is organised by Terrence Higgins Trust for HIV Prevention England (HPE), the national HIV prevention programme commissioned by Public Health England.

We wish to thank our corporate sponsors whose support has helped to provide an enhanced conference experience.

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