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.