National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) starts on 18 November 2017. The purpose of the week is to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late.
HIV testing is crucial. It identifies those who are undiagnosed, avoids late diagnosis for the patient’s own benefit and avoids onward transmission to others.
In total one in eight people do not know that they have HIV.
- Early diagnosis = normal life expectancy (PHE, 2016).
- Late diagnosis leads to a tenfold increase of death within one year (PHE, 2016).
- Those who are undiagnosed spend an average of three to five years unaware they have the virus (PHE, 2017).
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