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NHS England announces world’s largest single PrEP implementation trial to prevent HIV infection

NHS England has today (Thursday 3 August) announced the start of a pioneering implementation trial to provide HIV prevention drugs to people at high risk of HIV infection. From September, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will now be provided by the NHS through the initial three year trial to an estimated 10,000 people, in what will be the largest single study of its type in the world.

Published
03 August 2017
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NHS England
Sexual health services 'at tipping point' in England

More funding is needed to cope with rising visits to clinics, English councils warn.

Published
03 August 2017
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BBC Health
Don’t Believe the Hype: The New Drugs Strategy Ignores the LGBT Community

Trumpeting policies while savagely cutting the resources of the agencies meant to carry those very policies out is simply untenable.

Published
29 July 2017
From
Vice
PrEPARED in Wales

Information on getting PrEP from the NHS in Wales.

Published
18 July 2017
From
Frisky Wales
Responses to the new drug strategy

A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some early responses and we will add more as they come in.

Published
17 July 2017
From
Drink & Drug News
Our response to the 2017 Drug Strategy

For the first time, the Government's strategy explicitly addresses the harms of chemsex, which is a welcome step forward. However, the acknowledgment comes without a single mention of gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men, or of a wider LGBT focus in drug treatment throughout the Strategy.

Published
17 July 2017
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London Friend
Chickens coming home to roost: local government public health budgets for 2017/18

Although some local authorities have been innovative in contracting and in seeking efficiencies in their public health budgets, there is little doubt that we are now entering the realms of real reductions in public health services. This is a direct result of the reduced priority that central government gives to public health.

Published
13 July 2017
From
The King's Fund
BHIVA celebrates introduction of PrEP in Scotland and Wales

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) yesterday celebrated the availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV on the NHS in Scotland, and its availability (from 17 July) on the NHS in Wales as part of a three-year trial.

Published
12 July 2017
From
BHIVA
An arbitrary benchmark for access to new drugs

Policy is an admission the UK cannot afford to be at the cutting edge.

Published
11 July 2017
From
Financial Times
Drug industry to challenge Nice over new cost limits

The drug industry is taking legal action over limits introduced on expensive new drugs. The public body authorises spending by the NHS on expensive new treatments. In March it announced a new policy to hold back spending on new drugs that might cost more than £20m a year in any of their first three years of use.

Published
10 July 2017
From
BBC Health
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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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