Announcing the Spring European Testing Week pilot!
We have read your comments, listened to your requests and have given them a lot of thought... therefore, we are pleased to announce a Spring European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week pilot!
Annually, the European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week (ETW) initiative is held every November and has been very successful in increasing awareness of and access to Hepatitis and HIV testing. Last year, hundreds of partner organisations from 53 countries participated and reported very positive results. We are excited to continue to hold this campaign each year and look forward to running this high-impact campaign again in November 2018.
Despite this success, organisations have provided feedback that testing services are delivered throughout the year and it would be very beneficial to have an additional testing campaign at a different time of the year to enhance their ongoing activities. In response to this, in collaboration with the INTEGRATE Joint Action
and the European Liver Patients' Association
, we are launching a pilot campaign: Spring European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week 2018
which will take place on 18-25 May 2018
. This pilot aims to promote wide-scale testing and related activities and seeks to complement the November campaign. This pilot will also focus on identifying barriers that ETW participants experience in implementing integrated testing in different settings across Europe.
This pilot will provide another opportunity to promote testing and increase awareness of knowing one's hepatitis/HIV status and assess interest and feasibility of having more than one Testing Week during the year. Additionally, this pilot will focus on integrated testing for hepatitis and HIV.
Participation in this pilot could include:
- Awareness raising and advocacy on hepatitis/HIV testing
- Hosting testing week events/activities
- Promotion of combined testing at your site, on social media and much more!
By participating in the pilot, you are helping us assess interest and feasibility of having more than one Testing Week during the year and understand the barriers in conducting combined testing for hepatitis and HIV. Monitoring and evaluation of your Spring ETW pilot activities will be very important and incredibly valuable to us therefore we will rely on your feedback during the post-Spring ETW pilot evaluation.
The Spring European Hepatitis-HIV Testing Week pilot is not replacing the annual European Testing Week that occurs during the last week of November. The European Testing Week initiative will still carry out Testing Week in November (which is planned for 23-30 November 2018).
Registration to participate in the pilot opens on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.
Stay tuned for more information soon!