National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week

November 12, 2018

National HIV Testing Week begins on Saturday 17th November to raise awareness of HIV testing.

In 2017 there were an estimated 106,119 people in the UK living with HIV. Of these around 12% don’t know they have the condition, which greatly increases the risk of onward transmission.

  • Torbay has the 3rd highest prevalence rate for HIV in the South West of England. It also has a late diagnosis rate of 40% which is slightly below the South West average of 44.7%
  • Devon has the lowest new HIV diagnosis in the South West of England. It also has a late diagnosis rate of 37%

National HIV Testing Week is a campaign to promote regular testing among the most-affected population groups, particularly men who have sex with men and black African people. The aim is to increase access to HIV testing in community and statutory settings, to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late – after the virus has began to negatively affect their immune system.

Videos to support the campaign are available via the link, they can be downloaded or embedded into websites (click share to obtain the code). Two versions are available, each of which has a subtitled version which can be used in clinics or GP surgeries where sound isn’t available:


Further information about the campaign, local testing events and free resources can be downloaded from

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