Frequently Asked Questions



In this section you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the National HIV Testing Week US.

+ Where can I get tested?

You can access HIV testing during many of the National HIV Testing Week US events or use the search tool below to locate an HIV testing provider near you.

+ Why is the National HIV Testing Week US needed?

Effective treatment for HIV has been available in the US since the mid-1990s and has led to a dramatic reduction in the incidence of AIDS events and HIV-related deaths. Many people are now living with HIV as a chronic condition rather than an inevitable fatal illness. However, of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the US, it is estimated that at least one in five are unaware of their HIV status – resulting in late diagnosis and continued transmission.This means that many people are not being tested prior to symptoms emerging. This could be because there are barriers to requesting an HIV test or because healthcare professionals are not offering tests to these individuals despite the benefits of early HIV diagnosis being well-documented.These statistics suggest that we need to be doing more to encourage individuals who are unknowingly living with HIV to take an HIV test and to better target HIV testing at people who could have been at risk. HIV testing is the key to HIV and AIDS prevention.

+ Will the National HIV Testing Week US take place every year?


+ Who is National HIV Testing Week US for?

In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV and one in eight of them are unaware of their status. The National HIV Testing Week US is for individuals who have been exposed to HIV and are unaware of their status, community based organizations, healthcare organizations, healthcare professionals and policy makers who can help ensure that HIV testing and timely access to treatment remains a priority in the US, consistent with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

+ Who should offer HIV tests?

All healthcare professionals should offer HIV tests as part of routine care in specific settings to individuals who at risk of being HIV positive or are showing signs and symptoms of HIV. Community based organizations that specialize in prevention services should consider coordinating HIV testing with medical providers to insure timely access to treatment in the case of a positive result.

+ Who is sponsoring National HIV Testing Week US?

UCHAPS is collaborating with HIV Testing Week in Europe to bring the initiative to the US. In 2012, England ran a successful HIV testing week during the week running up to World AIDS Day on 1 December. Due to its success, a number of HIV organizations across Europe agreed that a European HIV testing week would be an effective approach to help increase access to free, confidential and voluntary HIV testing across Europe. The initiative was led by HIV in Europe and all interested countries, organizations and individuals in the WHO European Region were invited to implement activities during the week and support dialogue to promote HIV testing. A working group comprising civil society representatives, healthcare professionals and policy makers was established to advise and provide support on the testing week concept and materials.

+ Who is the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS)?

UCHAPS is a partnership of communities and health departments in urban areas heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS and is dedicated to the development and implementation of sound public health policy to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and HIV-related mortality, morbidity, and disparities in health outcomes. Using a model of community and government collaboration, UCHAPS advocates for HIV prevention policies that are grounded in science, designed to maximize impact, and focused on reaching the communities and populations most in need. As HIV prevention pioneers, UCHAPS members are often on the leading edge of responding to HIV prevention priorities and challenges. Using knowledge and lessons learned through on the ground experiences, UCHAPS develops and disseminates HIV best practice innovations, program development methodologies and implementation strategies within its membership and beyond.

+ Who funds the work of UCHAPS?

UCHAPS receives support from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to the government grants, private and corporate foundations and dues.

+ Who are the National HIV Testing Week USA sponsoring partners?

UCHAPS is the organizing body. Our sponsoring partners include:

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