Healthcare workers have been encouraged to increase their testing efforts for HIV and hepatitis during Spring European Testing Week, 17-24 May 2019.
European Testing Week is now a biannual campaign that encourages partner organisations in community, healthcare and policy institutions throughout Europe to unite to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is to make testing more accessible and reduce late diagnosis, with a special focus in 2019 on scaling up testing efforts in prison settings.
The theme for this European Testing Week is 'Test.Treat.Prevent.' with the aim of supporting ongoing dialogue between all partners in HIV and hepatitis communities, in order to:
- Encourage people who could be at risk of HIV or hepatitis to get tested.
- Encourage healthcare professionals to offer HIV or hepatitis testing as part of routine care in specific settings and conditions (in line with current European guidelines).
- Support and unite community organisations to scale up access to HIV and hepatitis testing as far as possible and share lessons learned.
- Make more government bodies aware of the individual, societal and economic benefits of HIV and hepatitis testing initiatives and how to evaluate testing practices.