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Have your say on PrEP – Londoners urged to voice their opinions

Londoners are being urged to share their views and opinions on PrEP with NHS England. Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, London Councils’ Executive member for health, stressed the importance of Londoners sharing their views as a large portion of those living with HIV reside in the capital. “We are concerned that NHS England, by arguing it is not responsible for funding PrEP, is trying to shift costs to local authorities."

Published
16 August 2016
From
Gay Times
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
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
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
People At High Risk Of HIV Are Having The HIV Prevention Pill Taken From Them

Exclusive: The NHS is stopping participants in a major study into the drug Truvada from having further access to it – a move which Britain’s biggest HIV charity said would lead some to become infected.

Published
29 July 2016
From
Buzzfeed
Judge urged to overturn NHS decision not to fund HIV prevention treatment

Court hears National Aids Trust challenge over NHS England decision to exclude PrEP drug from commissioning cycle.

Published
14 July 2016
From
The Guardian
Funding PrEP for HIV prevention

Whatever route is finally chosen to fund PrEP, bouncing the decision across systems that are all funded by the same taxpayer will inevitably result in the continued and preventable further spread of HIV. This will generate avoidable mortality and increase future NHS costs for treatment. Perhaps it is time for NHS England just to “do the right thing.”

Published
08 July 2016
From
The BMJ
Why We Should Pay for the Pill to Stop You Getting HIV

Other events will be overshadowing today’s Gay Pride march in London, but one significant group on the parade is a bunch of HIV organisations and their fans marching, probably in blue, under the banner #United4PrEP - pre-exposure prophylaxis, the HIV pill to stop HIV.

Published
27 June 2016
From
Huffington Post
Migration and maternity care - getting through the charging labyrinth

Thousands of pounds in charges, complex rules and administrative errors mean many migrant women are missing essential maternity care. Maternity Action’s new advice service helps pregnant women get the care they need.

Published
27 June 2016
From
Migrants' Rights Network
UK: Government cuts are brewing a sexual health crisis

Rising demand for sexual health care amid reduced budgets and privatisation puts further strain on an under-resourced sector.

Published
27 June 2016
From
The Guardian
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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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