European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week media centre

In this section you will find official testing week news releases from HIV in Europe, as well as the template news release that has been developed to help participating partners engage with national and regional media to communicate about testing week.

You will also find factsheets for participants to populate with regional statistics in order to support media outreach activities. For guidance to help you with any media activities, you may wish to refer to Toolkit 2 – testing week implementation handbook available for download.



Read our 2017 newsletters informing participants and others of the latest news, updates and ongoing activities. You can also browse the 2015 and 2016 newsletters to see what was achieved last year.


News releases

To announce the launch of European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week 2016, take a look at our press release and also our mobile apps partner press release.


OptTEST project: new searchable database

Want to know what legal and regulatory barriers your country, or others in Europe, are putting in the way of better HIV testing and treatment? Barring The Way To Health is a new searchable database which outlines a range of impediments to key populations and others with HIV who seek testing and access to care across the 53 countries of Europe and Central Asia. You can pull out a particular issue that concerns you across Europe, or read about a particular country. You can comment and offer amendments - and if your country is one of the small minority not yet covered, we welcome your information on it.

The OptTEST legal & regulatory barriers toolkit, available in full by Spring 2017, will be of use to anyone who wants to dismantle such barriers in their own country. The toolkit takes a "pick and mix" approach, enabling users to take what they need without wading through an enormous pdf. A series of case studies illustrates how activists, clinicians and other alliances took down specific barriers to HIV testing and treatment in their countries. Tip sheets show how to go about implementing these ideas, or your own, within your country setting. Slide sets will support presentations about the importance of identifying and mitigating barriers, to enable alliances and discussion. Each piece of the toolkit will be separately downloadable and the ideas within them adaptable to differing country circumstances and the original materials will be accompanied by a critical reading list which points the reader to many more existing resources online, with short explanations of their usefulness.



Factsheets are available to support your local media and partner engagement activities.