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National HIV Testing Week 2015

HIV Testing Week 2015 Wednesday 21 October 2015

National HIV Testing Week 2015 begins on Saturday 21 November in the run up to World Aids Day on 1st December.

During the week, many organisations in England are teaming up to encourage people in higher risk communities, including men who have sex with men and African people, to take an HIV test. Across England, organisations will offer more opportunities to test, both in clinics and in the community.


The week aims to:

  • Increase the number of people taking an HIV test with the emphasis on men who have sex with men and African people

  • 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.

Related links

1. UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing

2. Visit Terrence Higgins Trusts 'It Starts with Me' campaign site to see if you need a test.

3. More about National HIV Testing Week.

4. Find out about HIV Prevention England and order resources.