The UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB, the network for community HIV treatment advocates) is extremely disappointed by NHS England’s renewed refusal to commission pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.
Currently, 17 people are diagnosed with HIV every day in the UK – the majority in England. By commissioning PrEP, NHS England could prevent 6,250 new diagnoses a year and contribute to a reduction in the scale of the UK HIV epidemic.
NHS England’s decision not to commission PrEP prolongs the HIV epidemic and denies access to a proven prevention option to people at significant risk of HIV infection. We have just gone backwards, and at a time when other countries are investing in HIV prevention.