A High Court judge has ruled NHS England can fund PrEP, a drug that prevents HIV, to gay men.
The National AIDS Trust won its case against the NHS, who argued the UK’s health provider should be able to fund the drug.
The national health provider has denied it is their responsibility to provide a drug that can help prevent the transmission of HIV.
NHS England does fund other medication to protect sexual health, such as the oral contraceptive pill.
Using PrEP, a once-a-day pill that will cost around £400 a month per person, has shown a very high successful rate of preventing HIV. Previous studies have suggested its success rate is more than 90% with continuous use. Sexual health charities still advise using condoms alongside PrEP.
In May, NHS England claimed it did not have the ‘legal power’ to commission PrEP’ and ‘local authorities are the responsible commissioner for HIV prevention services’.
‘NHS England is sitting on something that could be the beginning of the end for the HIV epidemic – if only it were made available,’ the National AIDS Trust’s Deborah Gold said prior to the ruling.
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