National HIV Testing Week starts on Saturday 17 November 2018. The purpose of the week is to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late.
In the UK, people are testing more, staying protected by using condoms and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), getting diagnosed and starting HIV treatment earlier. Thanks to this combination approach, the UK is witnessing a substantial decline in HIV diagnoses.
However, too many are still diagnosed late, especially among heterosexual men and women.
National HIV Testing Week puts a national spotlight on HIV testing
This year’s campaign slogan is ‘Give HIV the finger: a finger-prick test is all it takes’, a continuation of last year’s successful creative. While the slogan is focused on the ease of testing, the campaign is an opportunity for partners to promote three key messages:
- Testing is necessary to diagnose HIV and prevent onward transmission.
- Testing is easy and accessible in the UK.
- People can rest assured that, if diagnosed with HIV, they can access free treatment and support.
For full details on how to take part, see the campaign briefings below.
Campaign briefing for Sexual Health Commissioners, Directors of Public Health and other local decision makers [PDF]
Campaign briefing for HIV, Sexual Health and other community-based organisations [PDF]
Campaign briefing for Clinicians [PDF]
Campaign briefing for Faith Leaders and Communities [PDF]
From 17 October 2018, you can order information resources for National HIV Testing Week.
Our social media pack will be available shortly with images and videos for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.