National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week is a campaign to promote regular testing among the most-affected population groups in England.

Regular testing helps to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late. This year, the campaign returns with the successful creative ‘Give HIV the finger: a finger-prick test is all it takes’. The campaign will encourage people to test for HIV at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are inviting organisations to participate by running online campaign events, providing virtually-assisted testing opportunities, and promoting at-home HIV testing, and prevention awareness with our support.

Why National HIV Testing Week is important

The number of people diagnosed with HIV is falling, but there is still work to do: n 1 in 16 people with HIV are unaware they have it and spend an average of three to five years not knowing, increasing the risk of passing HIV on to sexual partners. Late diagnosis rates are still stubbornly high – 42% of people were diagnosed late in 2019. This correlates to poorer long-term health outcomes and leads to an eightfold increased risk of death. Clinical reviews show many could have been diagnosed sooner.

Key Campaign Messages for National HIV Testing Week 2021

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 onto anyone else.

Testing for HIV is still possible despite COVID-19 restrictions. You can test at home using HIV postal and self-test kits. These are safe and confidential, and enable you to take a test at your own convenience.

Anyone diagnosed with HIV in the UK can access free treatment and support.


Feb 01 - 07 2025


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