NATIONAL HIV TESTING WEEK highlights
National HIV Testing Week is a campaign to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups in England. This helps to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late.
Sahir House worked alongside many partners to plan and run the campaign on Merseyside and to make the best use of all our resources to create as many opportunities we could for members of the public to access HIV testing. Working together has enabled us to reach more people to highlight why we should all know our HIV status.
Sahir House offered free HIV self-test kits during the campaign period – 27 HIV self-tests distributed
- HIV testing information stand in the foyer of the building over 3 days during the campaign week
- Sahir House HIV Prevention testing service offered community testing on Wirral 2 people tested
- Sahir House Outreach workers distributing condoms and lube in public sex environments
- 5 HIV testing information sessions were delivered, reaching 60 individuals
Wirral Sexual Health offered HIV test slots every day from 8am – 6pm.
Wirral Ways to Recovery offered face to face drop in test slots every day in both the Wallasey hub and the Birkenhead hub.
St Helens Sexual Health offered a community drop service over 3 days during the campaign week.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine offered free HIV self-test kits from the reception of the Well-Travelled Clinic every day – 26 HIV self-tests distributed.
Axess Sexual Health offered HIV testing in a range of community settings including the Liverpool university students and local hostels – issued 53 HIV/Syphilis kits across 5 testing events in Liverpool and 10 Commercial Sex Worker kits in Knowsley.
Our partners across the Mersey region engaged really well with their communities via their social media platforms and were aired on 2 radio stations and 7 articles published.
- Testing for HIV is quick and easy, all it takes is a finger-prick test
- People can live with HIV for a long time without any symptoms, testing is the only way to know your HIV status
- If you have HIV, finding out means you can start treatment, stay healthy and avoid passing the virus on to anyone else
- There are many ways to test – at a sexual health clinic, your GP, through HIV and sexual health charities or by ordering a test online
- Anyone diagnosed with HIV in the UK can access free treatment and support
The number of people diagnosed with HIV fell by a third between 2019 and 2020, but there is still work to do:
- 1 in 20 people with HIV are unaware they have it, increasing the risk of passing HIV on to sexual partners
- In 2020, 42% of people first diagnosed in England were diagnosed late. This correlates to poorer long-term health outcomes; in 2019, people diagnosed late had more than a sevenfold increased risk of death within a year of diagnosis
- The number of people testing for HIV in sexual health clinics decreased by 30% in 2020
People living with HIV in the UK, on effective treatment, with an undetectable viral load…. cannot pass HIV on.
Know your HIV status