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Facts

  • The theme for testing week is Test. Treat. Prevent.
  • Testing week was launched by HIV in Europe in 2013 to encourage more people to become aware of their HIV status. Testing week was expanded in 2015 to include hepatitis and is referred to as European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week
  • Testing week offers an unparalleled opportunity for partners across Europe to unite for one week to increase awareness regarding the benefits of HIV and hepatitis testing, so that more people become knowledgeable about their risks, understand that there is effective treatment available and are aware of their HIV and/or hepatitis status
  • Testing week is currently supported by more than 30 international organisations, including UNAIDS, European AIDS Clinical Society, AIDS Action Europe, European Liver Patients Association and the World Hepatitis Alliance
  • In 2016, more than 500 organisations from 47 European countries signed up to participate in testing week activities

Why is a European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week needed?

  • Today, at least one in four of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Europe are unaware that they are HIV positive.1 Nearly half of those living with HIV are diagnosed late – which delays access to treatment.2,3
  • Hepatitis B and C are common among people at risk of and living with HIV.4 Around 13.3 million people are living with hepatitis B in the WHO European Region; approximately 20-30% of infected individuals will develop cirrhosis, liver failure or hepatocellular carcinoma.5 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
  • By encouraging people to become aware of their HIV and/or hepatitis status as soon as possible, people living with HIV and hepatitis can live long with early treatment; and those with hepatitis C can be cured

What are the benefits of testing…

…For HIV?

  • Those who are diagnosed with HIV early are more likely to respond well to treatment and live healthily for longer
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the likelihood of onward transmission to others
  • Those who are diagnosed later are more likely to suffer health complications and premature death

…For hepatitis?

  • Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the likelihood of onward transmission to others
  • Those who are diagnosed later are more likely to suffer health complications such as cirrhosis, liver failure or hepatocellular carcinoma

What activities will take place during testing week?

GOSHH will be working with agencies across the Mid West area to provide free testing.

 

Friday 17th November
Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Testing Strokers Equality Bar, Mulgrave Street, Limerick 18.00 – 19.30

 

Monday November 20th
Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Testing GOSHH

18 Davis Street, Limerick

 

10.00 – 12.30

14.30 – 16.30

 

GOSHH Presentation at “What Sex Workers Want” Good Practice Guidelines for Sexual Health Service Providers Camden Court Hotel, 2 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

 

09.30 – 13.00

 

Tuesday November 21st  
Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Testing GOSHH

18 Davis Street, Limerick

 

10.00 – 12.30

14.30 – 16.30

 

Wednesday November 22nd
Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Testing GOSHH

18 Davis Street, Limerick

 

10.00 – 12.30

14.30 – 16.30

Free Rapid HIV and HCV Testing Ana Liffey Drugs Project, Mulgrave Street, Limerick 14.00- 16.00

 

Thursday November 23rd
Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Testing GOSHH

18 Davis Street, Limerick

 

10.00 – 12.30

14.30 – 16.30

Free Rapid HIV and Hep C Testing McGarry House, St. Alphonsus Street, Limerick 11.00 – 13.00

 

Free Rapid HIV and HCV Testing St Vincents De Paul Drop In, Barrington Street, Limerick 14.30 -16.30

 

Sunday November 26th
Free Rapid HIV and HCV Testing I-Kandi Sauna and Club, Eastway Business Park, Limerick

 

17.00 – 21.00

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Billie
Community Support Project Worker
GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health HIV)
Redwood Place
18 Davis Street,
Limerick
support@goshh.ie
061314354