The European Testing Week aims to increase awareness of HIV testing.

The European Testing Week, which aims to increase awareness of HIV testing, occurs twice a year in November and May. It has been implemented in Türkiye as well.

Throughout the week, information about places where free and anonymous HIV tests can be conducted is shared, contributing to the Ministry of Health’s goal of protecting the community from the risks of HIV infection. As part of the implementation of the week, a special event hosted by Gilead Türkiye brought together medical associations and NGOs related to the topic.

About European Testing Week:

The European campaign encourages partner organizations — in community, health care, and policy institutions — throughout Europe to unite for one week twice a year to increase testing efforts and promote awareness of the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIVtesting.

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.