Missed opportunity for HIV prevention
Published: 31 May 2016 Tags: lgbt, prep, nhs By John Walding
NHS England has confirmed it will not commission PrEP, a highly effective HIV prevention drug. A statement on NHS England’s website said that it did not ‘have the legal power’ to commission PrEP.
Rob Cookson, Deputy Chief Executive LGBT Foundation, said: “Today is a huge missed opportunity for HIV prevention. Seventeen people are being diagnosed with HIV every day. PrEP has a really important part to play in reducing HIV rates; if taken correctly is almost 100% effective in preventing HIV. PrEP is now available in America, Canada, France and Kenya. Why the delay here in England?”
“2,500 men who have sex with men will be needlessly infected with HIV each year in the UK. PrEP can play an important, vital role with other forms of HIV prevention, including condoms and testing, to reduce HIV rates. PrEP should be made available without delay to people at higher risk of acquiring HIV. We will keep talking about PrEP, and will not rest until it is made available. This is a huge missed opportunity.”