4 February 2021

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. 

While new HIV diagnoses have continued to fall, the latest data from Public Health England (PHE) reports 42% of all diagnoses were late. PHE warns that people diagnosed late face an eight-fold increased risk of mortality.

Testing for HIV is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can now even do it at home.

The sooner you find out you have HIV, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your health and shorten your life. It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).

Testing is good for all of us

Most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t know they have it – the only way to be sure is to get tested.

We are still here for you

Our HIV services are still open and available for anyone who needs us. You can call us to book a telephone or video consultation. Please do not come to a clinic unless:

  • We ask you to through telephone
  • You are collecting medicine
  • You need emergency contraception
  • You need HIV post exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

For your health and safety, please wear a mask when attending a clinic (unless you are exempt). We will also take your temperature prior to entry.

To get started, please visit https://www.sexualhealth.cnwl.nhs.uk/ and follow the on-screen instructions to direct yourself to the information you need.

Home testing

Residents of most London boroughs can access the London Sexual Health Programme online testing service, click here to order your testing kit.

Surrey residents can order

  • A sexual health home screening kit for over 18s

Visit this page to get started.

You can also order free HIV postal test from Free Testing HIV.

For more information about National HIV Testing week, please visit this website. You can also get involved in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HIVTestWeek.

CLASH / SHOC Outreach and clinics for community members 

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CLASH at a session called the Outside Project

Our Health Promotion Outreach Team (CLASH and SHOC) will also be running their weekly clinics and have planned online and outreach events during the week to discuss HIV testing and prevention with the local community. CLASH and SHOC provide a free and confidential walk in clinic for people working in the sex industry to obtain free testing

You can find the clinics here.

Sessions below

Date Time Service Group Subjects
Monday 1 February 9am to 1pm CLASH Clinic at Mortimer Market Centre (MMC), Capper Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6JB Sex Workers HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP, advice and support. Condoms
Monday 1 February 3pm Migrant Centre (Online presentation) BAME/Homeless HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services
Monday 1 February 3pm to 3.40pm SOAS (online presentation) BAME/MSM-LGBTQI+ HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services
Tuesday 2 February 5pm Indoor outreach Camden and Islington & Haringey Sex Workers HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services. Condoms
Tuesday 2 February 9pm Street outreach Haringey Sex Workers HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services. Condoms
Wednesday 3 February 5.30pm

Outside project Hostel, 42-44 Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4RX

MSM- LGBTQI+ HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services. Condoms
Thursday 4 February 9am to 1pm SHOC clinic at Archway Centre, 681-689 Holloway Road, Archway
London, N19 5SE
Sex Workers HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support. Condoms
Thursday 4 February  11am

Ollalo House Hostel, 2 Grafton Place, NW1 1DT

(TBC)

BAME/Homeless HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services. Condoms
Friday 5 February 12pm to 4pm CLASH Clinic at Mortimer Market Centre (MMC), Capper Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6JB Sex Workers HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support. Condoms
Saturday 6 February 7.50pm to 8pm

Club Kali Club Kali,

Online presentation

BAME/MSM LGBTQI+ HIV, SH testing, PEP/PREP advice and support access to services