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Read about how the Daily Mail is lying to you about PrEP

Promiscuous English gay men who want PrEP are taking life-saving drugs from the mouths of cancer patients and condemning older people to blindness. What total crap. But that's the very clear message you will get if you read The Daily Mail or The Times today.

Published
03 August 2016
From
Gay Star News
HIV is back on the front pages

At The King's Fund, we have argued for empowering local services to reform from within rather than relying on top-down direction, regulation or market forces to deliver high-quality care. The dispute over the funding of antiretroviral drugs for prevention illustrates the challenges of doing this in the absence of an effective strategic and integrated approach to commissioning, especially when the structures are so complex and the relationship between local decisions and national strategy so loosely defined.

Published
03 August 2016
From
The King's Fund
What a skewed sense of values: NHS told to give out £5,000-a-year 'promiscuity pill' to prevent HIV - as vital cataract surgery is rationed

There is also concern that scarce NHS funds are being spent on a preventative medicine at a time when vital cataract surgery and cancer drugs are being rationed. Cataract surgery costs just £800 an eye and enables patients to leave their homes unaided and recognise loved ones' faces.

Published
03 August 2016
From
Daily Mail
PrEP rationing is symptomatic of NHS bid to cut costs, at all costs

NHS England’s setback in the high court over its attempt to get one set of cash-strapped public bodies (local councils) to foot the £10m-£20m a year bill for PrEP treatment rather than another – itself – is the latest manifestation of the health service’s increasing efforts to reduce the number of treatments it pays for, or the number of patients who receive them, or both.

Published
03 August 2016
From
The Guardian
High Court rules NHS England is responsible for funding PrEP

A judicial review in the High Court has ruled that NHS England is responsible for funding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and decisively rebutted all the arguments used by

Published
02 August 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV drug 'gave me the confidence to trust again'

An HIV-preventative drug has been the subject of a legal battle over which organisation should pay for it. As campaigners win their High Court case against the NHS, one man tells how taking the medication has changed his life.

Published
02 August 2016
From
BBC News
August update on the commissioning and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) for HIV prevention

A hearing was held in the High Court on Wednesday 13 July 2016 to consider whether NHS England had the legal power to commission the PrEP service. At the hearing, NHS England contended that it did not have the power to commission the service, and that whether or not it should be commissioned was a matter for local authorities. NHS England has considered the judgement carefully and has taken legal advice. Queen’s Counsel has advised that the Court’s ruling interprets the legislation governing NHS England’s role and functions in a way that is inconsistent with Parliament’s intention.

Published
02 August 2016
From
NHS England
NHS can fund HIV 'game-changing' drug

The NHS in England has been told by the High Court it can fund a "game-changing" drug that can prevent HIV after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility.

Published
02 August 2016
From
BBC News
National Aids Trust -v- NHS England judgment

The full text of Mr Justice Green's ruling in the judicial review case brought by National AIDS Trust against the National Health Service Commissioning Board of NHS England on access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
02 August 2016
From
Courts and Tribunals Judiciary
Historic win for NAT as the High Court overturns NHS England refusal to consider PrEP

NAT (National AIDS Trust) is delighted by the judgment passed down in the High Court today that NHS England acted unlawfully in withdrawing PrEP, a game-changing drug preventing transmission of HIV, from its decision-making process.

Published
02 August 2016
From
NAT (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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