AIDSfree: HIV prevention drug with ‘99% success rate’ must be made widely available on NHS, say campaigners

According to the Independent;

Campaigners have called on the NHS to make a breakthrough preventive HIV treatment available immediately or risk a rise in numbers of those contracting the virus.

Currently only 10,000 people involved in a national trial are benefiting from the NHS-funded drug, which studies show is up to 99 per cent effective in stopping HIV taking hold in the body when transmitted.

Activists say it is “absolutely criminal” that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment is not more widely available, adding that it has led to a significant drop in HIV rates.

Latest figures published by Public Health England show that 1,572 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in London in 2017, a 21 per cent fall from 2016. The number of gay and bisexual men newly diagnosed with HIV in the capital dropped by 44 per cent from 2015 to 2017.

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