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LGBT Foundation's response to NHS England's PrEP Impact Trial Delay

Published: 24 January 2019 Tags: NHS, PrEP, HIV, Impact Trial, NHS England By James Huyton

LGBT Foundation are extremely disappointed and concerned to hear of the delay in the allocation of additional places on the PrEP Impact Trial. Earlier this month, NHS England announced plans to extend the trial to a further 13,000 people. However, in an update posted yesterday, the PrEP Trial board announced they are delaying this expansion. The trial’s board says it wishes to undertake ‘rapid engagement’ with local authorities and research sites. However, it is unacceptable that there is no commitment to any timeline for implementation.

In our previous response, whilst we welcomed the announcement of the additional Impact Trial places, we remain deeply frustrated by the delays in people accessing PrEP. Evidence for the effectiveness of PrEP is already clear, both in England and many other parts of the world. In many ways, England has a proud track record in fighting HIV. As a matter of urgency, the PrEP Impact Trial must have enough trial places to meet the needs of our communities. More delays equals more people acquiring avoidable HIV. We strongly urge the Secretary of State to take immediate action.

Peter Bampton, Sexual Health Lead for LGBT Foundation, said: “We remain committed to the idea that the trial does not need to continue, and PrEP should be made available immediately on the NHS for those who seek it. Numerous efficacy trials have proven that PrEP is effective at preventing HIV transmission. They have also shown that the financial implications of the drug are much less than originally outlined.”

We will continue to strongly advocate for the sexual health and wellbeing of our community. For further information on PrEP including dosing, sourcing and additional sexual health support, visit lgbt.foundation/PrEP. If you need support with your sexual health and wellbeing call our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email [email protected]. The NAT online tool makes it easy to contact Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to ask him to increase the availability of PrEP.

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