People getting HIV because of 'shambolic postcode lottery' says LGBT charity chief

People getting HIV because of 'shambolic postcode lottery' says LGBT charity chief
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Posted on 11 Jul 2019

NHS England has announced five steps towards better access to the HIV-prevention drug PrEP, including recommending removing the capped number of places on the ongoing IMPACT Trial. 


Commenting on the development, Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), said: “The steps NHS England have outlined are extremely welcome ones, but there remain serious barriers to getting PrEP to those who need it.”

She continued: “Local authorities are running sexual health services with a disappearing pool of public health funding. Sexual Health services are struggling. Nevertheless we are facing an emergency. People are getting HIV because of the shambolic postcode lottery that limits PrEP access; local authorities need to rise to the challenge of being able to provide it.


“Currently, people are being diagnosed with HIV while they wait for PrEP to become available in their area - for those people it is too late for PrEP. This is unacceptable. NAT will remain at the forefront of the fight for this game-changing drug.”

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