National HIV Testing Week holds special significance this year as it marks a decade since its inception. Throughout this week, people across the country are urged to participate in free and confidential HIV testing. The campaign emphasises the importance of knowing one’s HIV status, considering that individuals can live with the virus for an extended period without displaying any symptoms.
Testing is easier than ever, with various options available to the public. Whether through a sexual health clinic, a GP, or the convenience of an at-home test kit, individuals can easily access testing services. As part of National HIV Testing Week, participants can order a free self-test for a quick 15-minute result or opt for a postal test, where a self-collected sample is sent to a lab for analysis, with results communicated to the individual. Those testing negative can continue to safeguard their health through measures like PrEP or condoms. For those testing positive, timely treatment allows individuals to lead long and healthy lives.
As we celebrate a decade of National HIV Testing Week, the message is clear – regular testing benefits individuals and contributes to the collective health of our communities.