The annual National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) promotes HIV testing to gay and bisexual men and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV. The week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory and private sectors. It promotes the benefits of regular testing and treatment for both the individual and the community.
It raises awareness of the importance of HIV testing, as well as increasing opportunities to test – be it in clinical settings, in primary care, through community-based rapid testing or via postal testing. The ultimate goal is to increase regular HIV testing in the most affected groups.
Last year hundreds of organisations, including NYAA, participated by raising awareness, providing extra testing opportunities and promoting services – with many using NHTW resources. NHTW 2016 will start on Saturday 19 November. For more information on NHTW, please go to the HPE website.