Friday, December 5th, 2014 in News
Positively UK are proud to add our signature to a new statement from community organisations working on HIV prevention calling for PrEP to be made available on the NHS.
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It involves a person who doesn’t have HIV taking pills regularly to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV. Two European studies of PrEP, PROUD and IPERGAY, reported early results in October 2014, and both studies showed that PrEP was so effective at preventing HIV transmission that everyone in these studies has now been offered PrEP.
PrEP is currently only available in the UK to people enrolled in the PROUD study, but has been available in the US since 2012. Although an NHS England process to evaluate PrEP is underway, any decision to provide PrEP will probably not be implemented until early 2017, which is too long to wait. We are calling for earlier access to PrEP. The NHS must speed up its evaluation process and make PrEP available as soon as possible.