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Terrence Higgins Trust is looking for other charities, faith-based organisations and community groups to join it in November’s National HIV Testing Week.

123_Logo_UK_THTThe week, which runs between 22nd and 29th November, aims to improve testing rates amongst those people who are at a higher risk of infection, including gay men and those from African communities.

In 2012, over 55 organisations held events across the country including a new HIV testing record and all-day testing at sexual health clinics.

“The first National HIV Testing Week was a great success, and we want this year’s event to be bigger and better,” said Paul Ward, Deputy Chief Executive at THT.

“It’s an opportunity for the whole country to get behind HIV testing, and get the message out there that we can stop HIV.”

A range of different organisations are being approached, from local authorities and sexual health clinics to religious and community groups.

Those who work with gay men and African communities are particularly key, as they form seven in ten people who live with HIV.

THT and its partners in HIV Prevention England are coinciding the dates with the first ever European HIV Testing Week in the lead up to World AIDS Day.

For more information on National HIV Testing Week, or to register as a participating organisation, please visit www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk.

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