National HIV Testing Week 2015 started on Saturday 21 November in the run up to World Aids Day on 1st December.
During the week, many organisations in England teamed up to encourage people in higher risk communities, including men who have sex with men, and people of African origin, to take an HIV test. Across England, organisations offered more opportunities to test, both in clinics and in the community. The week aimed to:
- Increase the number of people taking an HIV test
- Raise awareness in the gay and African communities of the importance of testing
- Increase the number of opportunities to take a test at clinics and in the community
These aims will help to reduce the number of people who are diagnosed late with HIV. Early diagnosis helps people to manage their HIV and also reduces the risk of passing it on to other people.
More information about the National HIV Testing Week can be found here.
NYAA participated in 2015 by offering free HIV testing as part of the YorSexualHealth integrated sexual health service for York and North Yorkshire. NYAA operated a confidential drop-in HIV testing service at the NYAA offices on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th November. In addition, it was possible to phone in for an appointment at any mutually convenient time during testing week.