PrEP - What went wrong? What should happen?

PrEP - What went wrong? What should happen?

Rarely has a u-turn, rarely has a breach of trust, been so misleadingly announced. Reading NHS England’s press release, ‘Update on commissioning and provision of PrEP for HIV prevention’ (21 March 2016), you would think the NHS were simply clarifying progress to date and the well understood responsibilities for the commissioning of PrEP. In fact this press release was the announcement of a shocking U-turn as NHS England suddenly abandoned its own process for the approval of PrEP, just before its conclusion, with nothing to replace it bar some loose change found down the back of the sofa.

HIV Organisations Call on Public to Sign Community Statement for PrEP.

HIV Organisations Call on Public to Sign Community Statement for PrEP.

Publication date

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
As evidence of the effectiveness of PrEP continues to emerge there is a growing international consensus on the importance of PrEP as a vital HIV prevention tool. In England, HIV transmission rates remain high, with no sign of a reduction. We need additional prevention options.

The NHS will now consider putting PrEP back into the NHS decision-making process following the threat of legal action from the National AIDS Trust (NAT)

The NHS will now consider putting PrEP back into the NHS decision-making process following the threat of legal action from the National AIDS Trust (NAT)

Publication date

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
On 21 March, NHS England announced it was pulling the plug on its decision-making process on whether to make PrEP available (an HIV prevention drug, proven to be effective in stopping HIV transmission in almost every case if taken properly). This was after 18 months of hard work which demonstrated the need, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of PrEP from an NHS working group comprising experts from across the HIV sector.