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NHS To Reconsider Its Decision Not To Provide The HIV Prevention Drug

The NHS in England is to reconsider its controversial decision not to provide the drug that prevents HIV. Faced with the threat of legal action by one of Britain’s leading HIV charities, NHS England’s lawyers have said a dedicated committee will meet next month to look again at the pronouncement.

Published
19 April 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
The NHS will now consider putting PrEP back into the NHS decision-making process following the threat of legal action from the National AIDS Trust (NAT)

On 21 March, NHS England announced it was pulling the plug on its decision-making process on whether to make HIV pre-exposure prophylaqxis available. the HIV charity received a response from NHS England stating that ‘NHS England will carefully consider its position on commissioning PrEP in light of [NAT’s] representations’. NHS England will now meet in May to decide whether to put PrEP back into the decision-making process from which it had previously been removed.

Published
19 April 2016
From
National AIDS Trust
UK PrEP decision re-ignites HIV activism

The NHS should reopen the public consultation, emboldened by the renewed and much needed HIV activism.

Published
08 April 2016
From
The Lancet (editorial)
What does the PrEP decision mean for heterosexuals?

NHS England recently announced it was pulling the plug on an 18 month process to decide whether or not to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. While NHS England have offered a sop of £2 million funding to provide PrEP to 500 gay men over two years, there has been no mention of provision for heterosexual women and men at all, let alone those from African communities.

Published
02 April 2016
From
National AIDS Trust
The Department Of Health Doesn't Know Who's Responsible For The HIV Prevention Drug

Last week, NHS England said it wouldn’t provide the drug that blocks HIV because it’s not responsible for doing so. But who is? BuzzFeed News went in search of answers.

Published
01 April 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
The PrEP debate gains momentum: Dr Mags Portman on the NHS refusal to fund PrEP

This week has seen a landmark shift in the pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) debate in England. Following 18 months of work with key stakeholders, including clinicians, commissioners and community advocates, NHS England (NHSE) announced that it was no longer able to fund a significant PrEP rollout; the outcome the Clinical Reference Group (CRG) thought that they had been working towards.

Published
30 March 2016
From
BMJ Blogs
Statement on the provision of PrEP and PEP

The Association of Directors of Public Health is calling for NHS England to commission a national programme for PrEP and for their commissioning of PEP to include the open access sexual health services commissioned by local authorities... Correspondence from NHS England to local authority commissioners makes it clear that they will not reimburse PEP provided by local authorities' sexual health services.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Association of Directors of Public Health
Here’s The NHS File That Contradicts Its Reason For Not Rolling Out HIV Prevention Drug

The reason NHS England gave on Monday for rolling out the drug that prevents HIV to only 500 people appears to be contradicted by statements found in its own documents, BuzzFeed News can reveal.

Published
24 March 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
Early Day Motion: Access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

"That this house... urges the Government to intervene as a matter of urgency to ensure that NHS England takes the steps necessary for PrEP to be considered as part of the next annual CPAG prioritisation process so that all high-risk groups are able to access the treatment as soon as possible."

Published
24 March 2016
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Parliament
Councils Hit Back At NHS As Row Over HIV Prevention Drug Escalates

Following NHS England’s decision not to roll out PrEP, local authorities said they can’t pay for it either, as MPs, HIV charities, and Grindr weighed in.

Published
23 March 2016
From
BuzzFeed News

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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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