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PrEP Finally Available In England

PrEP Finally Available In England

The UK Department of Health has confirmed PrEP, a drug that prevents the transmission of HIV, will be available in England from April, the BBC reports.

Scotland and Wales had already made PrEP available to people at risk of contracting the virus.

The cost of PrEP will be covered by the National Health Service (NHS) with the Health Secretary estimating new HIV infections will be eliminated within 10 years.

The Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity that supports those living with HIV, estimates that about 7 percent of the roughly 103,800 people living with the virus in the UK do not know they are HIV positive.

Terrance Higgins Trust Chief Executive Ian Green said the provision of PrEP by the NHS is a “game-changer” for HIV prevention.

But he said more work needed to be done to ensure the benefits of PrEP were made clear to groups other than gay and bisexual men, such as women, trans people and BAME communities.

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