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England's first ever National HIV Testing Week

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Ben Mcclelland
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England's first ever National HIV Testing Week
Posted on: November 19 2012, 11:25 am

The first National HIV Testing Week takes place from 23-30 November in the run up to World AIDS Day on 1 December.

During the week, Terrence Higgins Trust is teaming up with other organisations in England to encourage gay men and African people to take an HIV test. These are the people most at risk of getting HIV. Across England, partner organisations will offer more opportunities to test, both in clinics and in the community.

The week aims to

- Increase the numbers of gay men and African people taking an HIV test
- 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.

We’ve already attracted widespread support for National HIV Testing Week from other organisations, but we also need your support to make it a success!

You can support National HIV Testing Week by:
- Promoting the week (www.tht.org.uk/hivtestingweek) and the THIVK campaign, which includes an online risk-assessment for HIV at www.thinkHIV.org.uk.
- Liking us on Facebook and joining and sharing our testing week event – www.facebook.com/nationalhivtestingweek
- Following us on Twitter using #hivtestingweek

National HIV Testing Week is part of the new HIV Prevention England (HPE) programme. Led by Terrence Higgins Trust with the support of five partner organisations, this programme is funded by the Department of Health for three years. The programme aims to reduce the number of late diagnoses by increasing HIV testing, and support condom use and other behaviours to lower the risk of getting HIV. To find out more, have a look at the HPE section of our website (http://www.tht.org.uk/our-charity/About-us/Our-work/HIV-Prevention-England)



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