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NHS agrees to reconsider its decision on PrEP

Published: 20 April 2016 Tags: Rob Cookson, PrEP By John Walding

LGBT Foundation are encouraged by the news that NHS England have announced they "will carefully consider its position on commissioning PrEP." The NHS announced they will reconsider their decision on PrEP, following legal representation from National AIDS Trust (NAT). This is welcome news.

Rob Cookson, Deputy Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said:

"We believe that PrEP would be a really important addition to the range of prevention options for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). We therefore welcome the fact that NHS England will reconsider their decision on PrEP.

"LGBT Foundation have been working closely with a range of partner organisations and community activists to challenge the initial decision with PrEP by NHS England. We are extremely encouraged by this opportunity for NHS England to reconsider its decision on PrEP, but know that it is vital that community voices continue to be loud on this important issue.

"With over 2,500 MSM diagnosed each year in the UK, HIV remains a critical issue. PrEP can, and should, play its part in helping to reduce HIV infections. We thank everyone who has played their part in encouraging NHS England to have this rethink, and we will continue to play our part in keeping PrEP in the spotlight.”