LGBT Foundation reaction to NHS England’s extension to HIV Prevention Programme
Commenting on today’s announcement of NHS England’s decision to extend its existing HIV Prevention Programme with Public Health England and funding for ten new specialised treatments, Rob Cookson, Deputy Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, the largest LGBT support organisation in the UK, said:
“We welcome today’s announcement and this move is definitely a step in the right direction. We believe that PrEP is a really important addition to the range of prevention options for members of the LGBT community most at risk of acquiring HIV. This decision will hopefully extend access to PrEP and awareness into HIV prevalence amongst emerging higher risk groups such as the trans community as well as gay and bisexual men.
“However with approximately 6095 people diagnosed with HIV in 2015, it remains a critical issue and it is important that any treatments that can be used in reduction of new infections should be made universally accessible as soon as possible.
“It is also crucial to recognise that no one single approach is the answer to reducing levels of newly acquired HIV, and that we continue to stress the importance of a combined approach. This includes consistent condom use, regular testing, and open conversations about sex and HIV.”