Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV Prevention England (HPE) are set to hold the second annual National HIV Testing Week in November, timed to coincide with the first ever European HIV Testing Week.

In November 2012, England’s first National HIV Testing Week saw clinics, testing services and support groups team up to improve testing rates among groups at increased risk of infection. Thousands of people took an HIV test at special events around the country, culminating with a record breaking number of tests carried out in one place: there were 745 tests at G-A-Y Bar in London over eight hours.

The week was supported by major public health bodies, including Public Health England, the British HIV Association (BHIVA), and the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH).

Paul Ward, Deputy Chief Executive at THT, said: ‘The first National HIV Testing Week was a great success, and we want this year’s event to be bigger and better. It’s an opportunity for the whole country to get behind HIV testing, and get the message out there that we can stop HIV.’

In the UK, gay men and African communities are the groups most at risk of HIV. Currently, one in four people with HIV remains undiagnosed and therefore more likely to pass the virus on than someone who has been tested and is on treatment. HIV Prevention England’s It Starts With Me campaign focuses on curbing new infections by reducing the level of undiagnosed HIV within these communities.

National HIV Testing Week runs from 22-29 November. For more information on National HIV Testing Week, or to register as a participating organisation, please visit HIV Protection England’s website.