NICE public health guidance
Issued: March 2011

Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in England

This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at


The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed infection and prevent transmission among black African communities living in England.

The guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black African communities. This includes those working in local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It may also be of interest to members of the public, particularly black Africans living in England.

The guidance complements NICE guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men and there is some overlap between the two sets of recommendations.

People with an interest in increasing the uptake of HIV testing among both groups should refer to both pieces of guidance. For details of all related NICE guidance see section 7.

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) developed these recommendations on the basis of reviews of the evidence, economic modelling, expert advice, stakeholder comments and fieldwork.

Members of PHIAC are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B.

Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E. Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and activities and stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.

This guidance was developed using the NICE public health intervention process.