23 December 2019
HIV Testing Week in 2019 was a star-studded affair. But it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. Here’s a roundup of our top 5 moments from the last year.
Dr Ranj does an HIV test on This Morning
Dr Ranj proved just how easy it is to test for HIV at home when he took an HIV test on ITV’s This Morning. Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby live during National HIV Testing Week, Dr Ranj stressed the importance of getting tested and knowing your status.
The Duke of Sussex and Gareth Thomas discuss normalising HIV testing
The Duke of Sussex heard from Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas about how his HIV diagnosis has inspired him to live his life to the fullest and educate others about the virus. In the video Prince Harry praised Gareth for raising public awareness of HIV.
Austin Armacost features on the front cover of Boyz Magazine
Celebrity Big Brother star Austin Armacost spoke to Boyz about why he decided to get involved in National HIV Testing Week and why he is continuing to encourage everyone to know their status.
Sarah Mulindwa and Horcelie Sinda address stigma in the black African community on Channel 5 News
HIV campaigner Horcelie Sinda and Sarah Mulindwa from E4’s The Sex Clinic spoke to Channel 5 News about HIV stigma within the black African community. These conversations are important because worryingly, late diagnosis is still a huge problem amongst black African communities.
Greg Owen shares his HIV diagnosis story and pleads with gay and bisexual men to get tested
Terrence Higgins Trust’s Greg Owen shared his HIV diagnosis story with Attitude magazine. Greg revealed why raising awareness about the importance of knowing your status means so much to him as he encouraged the gay community to challenge outdated views about HIV.
Do your bit to end transmission of HIV in the UK by getting tested.
It is extremely important to get tested for HIV regularly as it is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV or not. If you have HIV, the earlier you find out the sooner you can access life-saving treatment and support enabling you to live a long and healthy life.
In most cases, HIV is passed on because people are not aware they have it and the longer you live with undiagnosed HIV the more likely it is for it to seriously damage your immune system.