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PrEP IMPACT trial update – January 2019

The PrEP Oversight Board met on 15th January 2019. The main item for discussion was a recommendation from the research team to increase trial places... Before final approval is given, the Board asked that rapid engagement with local authority commissioners and research sites be undertaken to assess their capacity to accept additional places... The Board will meet again within the next few weeks once these actions are complete, to confirm final decisions on increasing capacity, after which point additional places could then be allocated to participating clinics.

Published
23 January 2019
From
NHS England
This Is What It’s Like To Lose Your Local Sexual Health Clinic Under Austerity

In a new series, HuffPost UK is examining how shrinking local budgets are affecting people’s daily lives. These are stories of what it’s like to lose, in a society that is quietly changing.

Published
23 January 2019
From
Huffington Post
Revealed: UK patients stockpile drugs in fear of no-deal Brexit

Ministers have been urged by top doctors to reveal the extent of national drug stocks, amid growing evidence patients are stockpiling medication in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which represents tens of thousands of doctors, urged the government to be more “transparent about national stockpiles, particularly for things that are already in short supply or need refrigeration, such as insulin”.

Published
18 January 2019
From
The Guardian
BASHH, BHIVA, HIVPA and NHIVNA statement on management of antiretroviral supplies in preparation for a no-deal Brexit Scenario

Clinicians do not need to issue longer, or earlier than usual, prescriptions and patients should be reassured that there is no need for concern about the supply of their medication and therefore no need to stockpile.

Published
11 January 2019
From
British HIV Association
NHS hope to double capacity of PrEP trial after huge demand for HIV prevention drug

Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), said: “Having been pushing for increased access to PrEP for so long, we are pleased that NHS England has listened to us and agreed to fund more spaces for PrEP patients on the Impact trial. It has been completely unacceptable to see people in need of PrEP being turned away from clinics."

Published
11 January 2019
From
National AIDS Trust
NHS England announces support for doubling PrEP trial

NHS England announced on Friday (11 January) its support for a request from researchers leading the PrEP IMPACT Trial. The request asks for the trial to double its places. This would give 26,000 people access to the life-saving pill, compared to the former 13,000 people.

Published
11 January 2019
From
Gay Star News
PrEP: Postcode lottery of anti-HIV drug trial

A game-changer in the fight against HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective drug that reduces the risk of acquiring the condition. But as the NHS trials PrEP across England, many at high risk have struggled to get hold of the drug.

Published
11 January 2019
From
BBC News
Terrence Higgins Trust launches National Lottery funded project to revolutionise beneficiary involvement in third sector

A new three-year project from HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, funded by the National Lottery, will provide a blueprint for meaningful beneficiary involvement for the whole third sector.

Published
08 January 2019
From
Terrence Higgins Trust press release
The NHS long-term plan is a missed opportunity on prevention. The Spending Review must not be.

The 10-year plan will not focus the health and care system on prevention. The best way to do this is to ensure that public health services are properly integrated into the system and resourced. We now await a Green Paper on prevention which provides another opportunity, but we are clear that local authority led public health has to be at the centre of this and that it can only reduce pressure on the NHS if given necessary investment - to this end HM Treasury and upcoming Spending Review must deliver.

Published
07 January 2019
From
National AIDS Trust
Public health functions could return to NHS under long-term plan

The NHS and government will look at funding key public health services from the NHS budget, the long-term plan has said.

Published
07 January 2019
From
Local Government Chronicle

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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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