National HIV Testing Week
NATIONAL HIV TESTING WEEK (NHIVTW) week commencing Saturday 16 November
NHIVTW raises awareness of the importance of HIV testing, as well as increasing opportunities to test – be it in clinical, primary care or community-based rapid testing. In the UK, the combination prevention approach to HIV has led to a substantial decline in HIV diagnoses for the first time. However, the work must not stop here. There was a small increase in late diagnoses between 2015 (39%) and 2017 (43%), which means testing is still as important as ever.
Merseyside’s World AIDS Day planning group are working together to offer more ‘pop up HIV testing clinics’ on Merseyside in the lead up to and during NHIVTW. This page will be updated regularly with a list of community based HIV testing opportunities.
We are looking for people who will champion HIV testing during the national campaign. Why not film a short 10 – 20 second clip which can be on your phone and then tweeted during National HIV Testing Week.
- Champion HIV testing
- Champion awareness raising
- Champion HIV activism
For more information about how to be #HIVChampions contact Serena Cavanagh at Sahir House email@example.com
“When I was asked to take part in this campaign, I was very glad to do so. I took the test because I believe that it will help our health as a nation if millions more people knew their HIV status for sure. Given the history of fear and stigma around HIV, I understand that people may be reluctant to be tested – but knowledge is the best way to destroy fear. Taking the test is easy and free, with the results back in minutes. It should become normal for all of us. The staff who dealt with me were lovely and completely put me at my ease. So if you have been putting this off I say ‘Don’t worry. Go, take the test, become sure of your HIV status, and face the future with confidence!”
Bishop of Liverpool