The European Testing Week will take place 22-29 November 2019! This year, the theme of the November 2019 European Testing Week emphasises the importance of integrated testing of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections (when possible), as well as other related activities focused on increased awareness and access to testing and treatment, highlighting the importance of ETW’s longstanding tagline of Test.Treat.Prevent.
It is not a requirement to engage in integrated activities for #EuroTestWeek, however, ETW encourages all participants to use the week to create more awareness about the importance of testing for more than one condition (when possible). ETW recognises that legislative, financial and structural barriers may prohibit ETW participants in engaging in activities for other conditions, especially for conducting testing. However, ETW encourages the network to recognise the importance of integration and consider developing ways, big and small, to further inform target audiences about the importance of prevention, testing and treatment for HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs.
To read the theme statement, click here.
About the campaign
European Testing Week is an European campaign that encourages partner organisations—in community, health care and policy institutions– throughout Europe to unite for one week twice a year to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing. This initiative has progressed since its start in 2013 and has grown to be a widely recognised European event with hundreds of organisations participating every year. What once started as an annual event has now become a biannual event with two ETWs occurring each year in Spring (May) and Autumn (November). Each organisation volunteers their own time to organise their Testing Week activities and create incredible displays of a united effort to increase testing awareness at all organisational levels.
Now in its seventh year, the European Testing Week initiative held its second Spring European Testing Week from 17-24 May 2019. The Autumn campaign will take place 22-29 November 2019.
The aim of the Spring and Autumn ETWs remain the same: to unite partner organisations throughout Europe for one week to increase access to testing and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing.