Introducing the HIV Prevention England Faith Engagement Strategy

Despite the excellent headway the UK has made to reduce new HIV transmissions, stigma is prevalent and may curtail our ambitions for ending new HIV transmissions by 2030.

  • Stigma is a barrier to people testing and accessing biomedical interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
  • Stigma affects the wellbeing, health and overall quality of life of people living with HIV.

We have produced a national faith engagement strategy which aims to increase the involvement of faith leaders and communities in challenging HIV-related stigma, supporting the uptake of HIV testing and prevention, and promoting the good health and wellbeing of people living with HIV.

Faith leaders are well-respected role models in their communities; they have the ability to reach people who do not necessarily access health services, and they have a role in supporting efforts to end discrimination against marginalised people.

HIV Prevention England (HPE) will provide opportunities to support faith leaders and communities, including through National HIV Testing Week, providing free resources, information briefings, and sector training events.

Download the strategy document

HIV Prevention England Faith Engagement Strategy [PDF]

Get involved

HPE provides resources and training. If you are a faith leader or work with faith communities:

  • Take advantage of our free resources.
  • Sign-up to our monthly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our latest news and events (complete the form opposite or below).

Forthcoming events

National HIV Testing Week starts Saturday 16 November 2019.

This year, World AIDS Day is on Sunday 1 December 2019.

HIV Prevention England Conference 2020

HIV Prevention England Conference 2020

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the national HIV prevention conference on Tuesday 18 February 2020 in central London.

It will be free to attend for all those working in HIV prevention in England. Save the date!

Registration for the conference will open in November 2019.

Please note that the abstract submission period will start in September 2019 and we encourage submissions from all our stakeholders.

Social media pack for It Starts With Me, summer 2019

  I'm stopping HIV Our social media pack will help you promote the summer phase of the It Starts With Me campaign on your social media channels. The summer activity launched on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Theme

Once again we are raising awareness and promoting actions of the various ways to prevent HIV such as condoms, testing, PrEP and treatment using a creative with a summery feel to it, refreshed from last year.

The tagline for the summer activity is ‘I’m stopping HIV.’. Under the tagline, an explanation of how each of the models is stopping HIV is outlined.

The people featured in the campaign images and videos are a mixture of people living with and without HIV.

Hashtag

Our social media hashtag is #ImStoppingHIV

Hashtags are not case sensitive so using #imstoppinghiv would work as well – we’ve just used capitals to make it easier to read what the hashtag is about.

What’s in the pack?

Images: a selection of images for use on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any another social network.

Links: to information on the various ways of preventing HIV. There are links to interactive tools that:

  • Recommend the best condom to use,
  • assess when someone should get tested,
  • help to choose a type of test based on preference and suitability,
  • help to find local testing services.

Suggested posts: examples of posts for Facebook and Instagram as well as tweets for Twitter.

Videos

Share these YouTube videos via your social media channel:

Download to share via your own channels and use in clinics and waiting rooms:

Additional videos are available via both our YouTube channel (for sharing) and Vimeo (for downloads) channels featuring treatment and testing messaging.

Downloads

Images for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can be downloaded via Dropbox.

If you’re unable to access Dropbox at your place or work please contact us to request zip files of our digital assets.

Suggested tweets and posts with links to the It Starts With Me online tools can be downloaded here [DOCX]

Calls to action

Learn: we want people to understand the different ways to prevent HIV and why they are important.

Make a choice: we want people to choose how they reduce the chance of getting HIV by:

  • choosing the right fitting condom,
  • finding out if they need to get tested for HIV, where to do it and the different ways they can via the tools on our website,
  • understanding what PrEP is, how it works and how to access it,
  • encouraging people living with HIV to access and adhere to treatment for health benefits for themselves and for the added advantage of not having to worry about passing it on to anyone else.

Educate: share the information from the campaign messages with friends, family and on social media.

New resources portal

It Starts With Me - New HPE Portal

Ahead of our summer campaign, HPE has launched a new resources portal featuring an easy-to-use interface for ordering campaign materials and merchandise.

Award-winning HIV prevention leaflets, posters and other promotional materials are available to all organisations in England engaged in HIV prevention. These include GP surgeries, clinics, statutory services, colleges, universities, and community organisations.

Register your new account and order your free HIV prevention resources today.