Social media resources for National HIV Testing Week

We are only a few days away from National HIV Testing Week which kicks off this Saturday, 19 November. We’ve put together some sample posts, tweets and images to help you with your social media to promote the week.

The sample posts and tweets link through to different tools on our It Starts With Me website.

When to test tool

Suggested post for Facebooktrim-1

It’s National HIV Testing Week. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/NGk5ej

Thousands of people are getting tested for National HIV Testing Week. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/NGk5ej

Suggested tweets

Thousands of people are getting tested for HIV during #HIVTestWeek. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/HtgJvv

In the UK, thousands of people are living with HIV and don’t even know it. Find out if you need to test https://goo.gl/HtgJvv

Where to test tool

Suggested post for Facebook

Thousands of people are getting tested for National HIV Testing Week. Find out where to test https://goo.gl/YIijI0

Suggested tweet

Make a difference today and join thousands of people getting tested for National HIV Testing Week. Find where to test https://goo.gl/BSTK1V #HIVTestWeek

Which test tool

Suggested post for Facebook

Still trying to make a decision on how to get tested for HIV? Here is a quick tool to help decide on the type of HIV test that might suit you. https://goo.gl/EyM6Yv

Suggested tweet

Confused about how to get tested for HIV? Find out which test might be right for you https://goo.gl/HxsE4r #HIVTestWeek

Order a postal test

Suggested posts for Facebook

It’s National HIV Testing Week. Join thousands of people getting tested by ordering a free HIV postal test today. https://goo.gl/sTqQcp

Thousands of people are getting tested for HIV this week for National HIV Testing Week. Order a free HIV postal test today. https://goo.gl/sTqQcp

Suggested tweets

Make a difference today and join thousands of people getting tested for National HIV Testing Week #ImTesting. Find where to test https://goo.gl/707QgO

Are you getting tested for #HIVTestWeek? Order an HIV postal test today
https://goo.gl/yTYqYi

Images

Here are some images you can download and use with your posts.

Square images:

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Landscape images:

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Social media flashcard

Download and print off our doubled-sided social media flashcard to personalise photos and posts during National HIV Testing Week. You can also share it with anyone else who’d like to use it over the week.

New report finds high recognition of It Starts With Me and National HIV Testing Week

Cover of TNS reportSocial research company TNS-BMRB has published their report of the survey they conducted at the end of 2015 on the ‘It Starts With Me’ campaign, including National HIV Testing Week. The report was commissioned by Public Health England.

Two surveys were carried out online: one for gay/bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM); and one for men and women from Black African (BA) communities.

The results revealed that campaign recognition was high, with 84 per cent of MSM and 75 per cent of BAs recognising some element of the campaign.

The survey showed the campaign was successful in improving HIV-related knowledge and attitudes: two-thirds of MSM respondents and three-quarters of BAs realised how quick and easy testing is, thanks to the campaign. In addition, many (78 per cent MSM, 76 per cent BA) agreed that the ads made them think it’s normal to get tested for HIV.

Around half of MSM (47 per cent) and two fifths of BA (39 per cent) who were shown the ads stated that they encouraged them to get tested. In terms of actions, 35 per cent of MSM and 23 per cent of BAs who saw the campaign took steps to get tested.

The ads also motivated safer sex behaviours, with around a quarter in each group reportedly encouraged to use condoms during intercourse.

Some challenges which the survey revealed were that for MSM, 14 per cent had never had an HIV test, and 12 per cent did not know where to get tested. For Black African respondents, 23 per cent had never had a test and 12 per cent did not know where to get one.

Read the full report [PDF].

National HIV Testing Week 2016

National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) 2016 will start on Saturday 19 November 2016.

NHTW 2016 will be the fifth annual testing week to promote HIV testing to gay and bisexual men and black African men and women.

Last year hundreds of organisations participated by raising awareness, providing extra testing opportunities and promoting services - with many using the free NHTW resources. HIV Prevention England welcomes the participation of any organisation whose work reaches England’s key populations affected by HIV.

More information on NHTW.