European HIV-hepatitis Testing Week 2015

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Friday 20th November 2015

HIV-h 2015

HIV Scotland, along with hundreds of other organisations across Europe, is participating in European HIV - hepatitis Testing Week, from 20 - 27 November 2015. This important annual campaign provides the central focus of our communications over the next fortnight, so that more people are aware of the risks, understand that there are effective treatments available, and of course that they know their HIV and Hepatitis C status.

Today, at least one in three of the 2.5 million people living with HIV in Europe are unaware that they are HIV positive. Half of those living with HIV are diagnosed late – which delays access to treatment

Hepatitis B and C are common among people at risk of and living with HIV. Around 13.3 million people are living with hepatitis B in the WHO European Region; approximately 15–40% of infected individuals will develop cirrhosis, liver failure or hepatocellular carcinoma. 15 million people in the WHO European Region are living with hepatitis C; however, the majority of people with hepatitis C remain undiagnosed and only a small minority in Europe (3.5%) receive treatment

These statistics suggest that we need to be doing more to encourage individuals who are unknowingly living with HIV and/or hepatitis to take a test, and to better target people who could be at risk.

(statistics via European Testing Week 2015)

More than ever before, its important for people be knowledgeable about the risk of HIV and hepatitis, and their status, but for them also understand that there are effective treatment available.
Tests are free, easy, totally confidential and you can find the centre that best suits you by using our Service Finder.