Put words into action on prevention and fund public health

Put words into action on prevention and fund public health

80 organisations from across the health sector have issued a consensus statement telling the Government to fund public health (or #fundpublichealth if we’re on twitter). Since the publication of the Five Year Forward View, there has been fundamental...

The People Vs The NHS – are we still fighting for PrEP?

The People Vs The NHS – are we still fighting for PrEP?

Do we have PrEP in England? Well, yes and no. We have the PrEP Impact trial which currently has 10,000 places available for PrEP in sexual health clinics across the country. The study is being paid for by NHS England, which is a great step forward...

Should we worry about the effect of PrEP on STI rates?

Should we worry about the effect of PrEP on STI rates?

One argument you see amongst those critical or worried about the introduction of PrEP is that it will result in big increases in STIs as gay and bisexual men (and indeed others at risk of HIV) throw away their condoms. But does the evidence support...

PrEPosterous gender health inequality?

PrEPosterous gender health inequality?

HIV prevention strategies for women used to be as simple as ABC. Abstain. Be faithful. Condom use. Fortunately this retro paternalistic approach fell out of favour by the mid 2000s. It became apparent much more was needed than simplistic behavioural change messages. Jump forward 10 years and PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) a highly effective “game changer” comes along. Women should get excited right? Well, perhaps not – it’s not yet clear if we’ll get our hands on it.

PrEP: Is it time for the UK to follow the US?

PrEP: Is it time for the UK to follow the US?

Last week the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) issued the first formal guidelines on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a promising new way of preventing HIV transmission. PrEP involves people who do not have HIV taking a daily dose of one or two of the drugs that are used to treat HIV. Studies suggest that this can prevent transmission if the user is exposed to HIV.

PrEP is about more than condom-less sex

PrEP is about more than condom-less sex

Last year saw a record number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK. 1 in 17 gay men aged 15-59 are now living with HIV, rising to 1 in 8 in London. This compares to 1 in 360 of the UK population as a whole.