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Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in England: draft guidance consultation - closes 22/11/2010

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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 scope is available on the NICE website<.

Registered stakeholders for this guidance are invited to comment on the provisional recommendations via this website.

Individuals and organisations not registered as stakeholders are not able to comment. We recommend that you register as a stakeholder or you contact the registered stakeholder organisation that most closely represents your interests and pass your comments to them.

Note that the provisional recommendations presented here do not constitute NICE?s formal guidance on this topic. The recommendations are provisional and may change after consultation.

Consultation dates: 27 September - 22 November 2010

Please provide all responses to this draft guidance using the Stakeholder Comments Form (ensuring all relevant fields are completed, including your organisation's name) and forwarding this by 5pm on Monday 22 November at the very latest to HIVAfricans@nice.org.uk<

Consultation documents:

  • Draft guidance: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in England
  • Stakeholder comments form: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in England

The draft guidance describes the evidence and views that have been considered, and sets out the provisional recommendations that have been developed.

Note that NICE is also consulting on draft guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men - see the NICE website< for details.

Points to consider in the consultation:

  • Points or areas that are not covered, but which appear to fall within the scope of the guidance.
  • Potential inconsistencies or any disagreement with interpretation of the evidence and its applicability.
  • The practical value of the provisional recommendations.
  • Issues of presentation and style, including how the provisional recommendations have been grouped and ordered.
  • Whether the right organisations and individuals have been identified under ?Who should take action for each recommendation.
  • Whether it is more appropriate to publish this guidance, and NICE's guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men separately, or whether they should be merged - see the NICE website< for for details.
  • Do you think this guidance could be changed to better promote equality of opportunity relating to age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic status?

How to submit your comments:

Please provide all responses to this draft guidance using the Stakeholder Comments Form (ensuring all relevant fields are completed, including your organisation's name) and forwarding this by 5pm on Monday 22 November 2010 at the very latest to HIVAfricans@nice.org.uk<

NICE is unable to accept:

  • Comments from non-registered organisations - if you wish your comments to be considered please register via the NICE website<
  • Comments from individuals - please contact the registered stakeholder organisation (http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/12064/42764/42764.pdf<) that most closely represents your interests and pass your comments to them
  • Comments received after the consultation deadline (5pm on 22 November)
  • Comments that are not on the correct proforma
  • More than one response per stakeholder organisation
  • Confidential information or other material that you would not wish to be made public
  • Personal information about yourself or another person from which your or the person?s identity could be ascertained.
  • Comments forms with attachments such as research articles, letters or leaflets. If comments forms do have attachments they will be returned without being read. If the stakeholder resubmits the form without attachments, it must be by the consultation deadline

What will happen to your comments:

  • All comments (with the exception of personal, individual comments and late comments) will be sent to the project team at the end of the consultation
  • Comments from registered stakeholders will be formally responded to by the project team and posted on the NICE website after the final guidance is published.
  • No action will be taken upon receipt of personal, individual comments and late comments.


PLEASE NOTE: NICE reserves the right to summarise and edit comments received during consultations, or not to publish them at all, where in the reasonable opinion of NICE, the comments are voluminous, publication would be unlawful or publication would be otherwise inappropriate.

Supporting documents:

The following evidence was presented to the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) at its meeting in July 2010.

  • Review of effectiveness and cost effectiveness: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed infection and prevent transmission among black African communities living in England
  • Barriers review: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed infection and prevent transmission among black African communities living in England

The reviews were conducted by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health Research at University College London.

Please note that there has been a slight delay in releasing the economic modelling for this draft guidance, while the report is finalised. We will alert all registered stakeholders as soon as it becomes available.

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