European Testing Week media centre

In this section you will find European Testing Week newsletters and official press releases from HIV in Europe. 

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 2018 newsletters informing participants and others of the latest news, updates and ongoing activities. You can also browse the newsletters from 2015 to 2017 to see what was achieved in previous years.


Press releases

To mark the start of European Testing Week (23-30 November 2018), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has published their new public health guidance on integrated testing for HBV, HCV and HIV testing in the EU/EEA. The new guidance provides testing strategies based on the latest scientific evidence for national or local hepatitis B, C and HIV testing guidelines and programmes.  

The HIV in Europe and ETW initiatives have published a press release commending ECDC for recognising the importance of combined viral hepatitis and HIV testing efforts and calls upon the European community to implement the new guidance into national context and policies.


Statements from the European Testing Week Working Group

The European Testing Week Working Group has released two statements supporting safer and voluntary testing for key and most affected populations for HIV and hepatitis. 

The first is a statement to all of Testing Week signatories to review the joint statement (available in 6 different languages) created by an informal alliance of NGOs and ensure access to effective, comprehensive, rights-based, safe, anonymous and voluntary HIV and Hepatitis testing for everyone in order to promote early diagnosis and linkage to care. 

The Working Group released a second statement that encourages government bodies and policy makers to review the joint statement and consider supporting the outlined principles in legislation.


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, is 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.