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NHS England decision not to fund PrEP - statement from London Councils

The capital has the highest rates of HIV in England, making up half of all new diagnoses. Given these worrying statistics, we are deeply concerned by NHS England’s announcement not to fund, or even to proceed with a long-anticipated consultation over the future use of PrEP.

Published
23 March 2016
From
London Councils statement
Terrence Higgins Trust to lead new national HIV prevention programme in England

Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, announced today that it has successfully retained the contract for the National HIV Prevention Programme for Most At-Risk Populations.

Published
23 March 2016
From
THT press release
Decision to withhold PrEP shows the government and health bodies are contributing to HIV epidemic

In a judgement as irrational as it is infuriating, NHS England yesterday announced it would be abandoning its decision to make highly effective HIV prevention drugs, otherwise known as ‘PrEP’, available to those most at risk of HIV. In what has become a recurring theme, authorities have once again met the opportunity to tackle rising HIV transmission rates with complacency and disregard.

Published
22 March 2016
From
Attitude Magazine
Councils respond to NHS England announcement not to fund new HIV treatment

The Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing spokeswoman, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said "This is a missed opportunity to launch a ground-breaking prevention method that could halt the spread of HIV, potentially save lives, and make a significant breakthrough in reducing the risk of HIV infection."

Published
22 March 2016
From
Local Government Association
England’s PrEP policy in disarray after NHS U-turn

Activists, individuals at risk of HIV, and clinicians have reacted with anger to an official U-turn on provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). NHS England officials have

Published
22 March 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Health Minister: Trials must prove PrEP is ‘cost effective’ at tackling HIV before roll-out

Health Minister Jane Ellison has said that NHS England needs more evidence that HIV-preventing drugs are “cost effective” before a wider roll-out.

Published
22 March 2016
From
Pink News
Row over HIV prevention drug Prep

Charities say NHS England's "eleventh hour decision to pull the plug" on game-changing HIV prevention drugs is leaving people at risk. The medication- known as Prep - has been shown in UK studies to reduce the chances of people getting HIV. Charities claim they had expected it to start being rolled-out later this year. But NHS England officials, who had been involved in early discussions about Prep, say providing it is not their responsibility.

Published
22 March 2016
From
BBC
NHS refusing to offer PrEP is insulting in the face of thousands of gay men who will be diagnosed with HIV without it

It’s time for PrEP to be made available for those who need it. 'This is no time for hesitation or procrastination,' Matthew Hodson, chief executive of gay men's HIV prevention organisation GMFA says. 'PrEP is needed now.' Thousands of gay and bisexual men have been let down by the decision of NHS England not to offer Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Activists, HIV and LGBT organisations are aghast.

Published
22 March 2016
From
Gay Star News
BHIVA statement on the NHS England update on commissioning and provision of PrEP for HIV prevention

We are perplexed and deeply concerned by NHS England's decision not to take HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to stakeholder testing and consideration by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG). This is yet another adverse outcome of the disastrous Health and Social Care Act, with potentially devastating consequences for real people. Any further delay in commissioning PrEP will mean many more people infected with HIV.

Published
22 March 2016
From
BHIVA
PrEP - What went wrong? What should happen?

Rarely has a u-turn, rarely has a breach of trust, been so misleadingly announced. Reading NHS England’s press release, ‘Update on commissioning and provision of PrEP for HIV prevention’ (21 March 2016), you would think the NHS were simply clarifying progress to date and the well understood responsibilities for the commissioning of PrEP. In fact this press release was the announcement of a shocking U-turn as NHS England suddenly abandoned its own process for the approval of PrEP, just before its conclusion, with nothing to replace it bar some loose change found down the back of the sofa.

Published
22 March 2016
From
National AIDS Trust

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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