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The NHS should not perpetuate a post-code lottery – PrEP needs to be made available for all who need it

Today marks the one-year anniversary of NHS England’s three-year PrEP Impact Trial.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – also known as PrEP – is an effective treatment for reducing the transmission of HIV.

As part of the impact trial NHS England originally opened up 10,000 places to gay or bisexual men to access the drug.

However, the first 10 months of the trial saw 9000 places taken, eventually forcing the government commit to making a further 3000 spaces available.

Nonetheless, spaces on the trial are nearly full and it is most likely there will be no spaces left by January 2019.

This leaves England as the only nation in the UK with capped access to PrEP despite it’s being the nation with the highest rate of HIV transmission within the UK.

The capped access to PrEP also prevents the NHS from being able to engage people in sexual health services who may otherwise not use them.

That is why the National Health Action Party is today calling on NHS England to follow the lead of the NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by ending this post-code lottery.

The NHS needs to make PrEP available to all – it can start today by removing the cap on the Impact Trial and proceeding to ensure that PrEP is made available on the NHS.

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The National Health Action (NHA) Party was founded in 2012 to oppose the growing marketisation of the NHS.

The NHA Party stood against Jeremy Hunt in his SW Surrey constituency in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, taking 12,093 votes in the latter: a 7.8% swing to NHA.

You can register for the National Health Action Party’s AGM here.

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