LGBT Foundation's response to NHS England's PrEP IMPACT Trial investment
Published: 11 January 2019 Tags: NHS, PrEP, HIV, Sexual Health By Peter Bampton
LGBT Foundation broadly welcomes the announcement of an additional 13,000 spaces on the NHS Impact Trial for PrEP. Prior to the launch of the Impact Trial we knew that PrEP was effective at preventing HIV transmission, through numerous efficacy trials. We also believe that there is now sufficient data from the Impact Trial to understand participants’ engagement with sexual health services and their dosing of PrEP.
We believe that ending the trial and making PrEP universally available to all those who need it on the NHS would in turn greatly reduce HIV stigma and shame. This would increase awareness about HIV, HIV prevention and HIV treatment to the wider public, in line with Greater Manchester’s commitment to end all new transmissions of HIV within a generation.
In order for the 26,000 places on the Impact Trial to be effective, the NHS must ensure that the additional places are well promoted within healthcare services, to both clinicians and patients, to ensure that communities who are underrepresented on the trial can benefit from PrEP. We will continue to educate LGBT people on the benefits of PrEP by delivering workshops, resources and support in person, online and over the phone.
PrEP is HIV medication taken by someone who is HIV negative to prevent them from acquiring HIV. PrEP works for everyone but the way people take medication will differ depending on the type of sex they’re having.
PrEP is available through the NHS Impact Trial in England to people most affected by HIV. It can also be obtained through The Mags Portman PrEP Access Fund, purchased through a private doctor’s prescription, or purchased through IWantPrEPNow.co.uk
For further information on PrEP including dosing, sourcing and additional sexual health support, visit lgbt.foundation/PrEP
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