Our work with African communities over the past 12 months has been motivated by the very high late diagnosis rates within Black African and Caribbean populations. NAZ looked towards creating a new discourse with Faith Leaders to become part of the HIV care continuum. Supported by the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and with funding from the Elton John Aids Foundation, we created the Testing Faith Programme (TF).
TF is a multi-disciplinary initiative which brings together faith leaders, sexual health practitioners, religious organisations and People Living with HIV (PLHIV). The course has been designed and is led by expert positive people of faith, there are three parts to the course:
Step 1: Two day taught course
Step 2: Sexual Health Promotion
Step 3: HIV Testing
Testing Faith is run in partnership with other sexual health agencies across the country.