Court rules PrEP should be funded through NHS England
This morning the high court ruled that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), should be funded through NHS England’s specialised commissioning process following legal action by National AIDS Trust.
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said 'We are relieved that, at last, we know who is legally responsible for making the game-changing HIV prevention treatment PrEP available to people who are at risk.
"It is a vindication for the community after a long fight - but it should never have come to this. Because of the mess and delays created by NHS England, people at risk of HIV have spent the past 18 months fighting to be heard, meanwhile 17 people have been diagnosed with HIV with every day that has passed.
"The matter has become urgent. People we know to be at very high risk of HIV who are currently accessing PrEP will be coming off the PROUD trial this month and unless NHS England acts rapidly, it is only a matter of time before some of these people become HIV positive. PrEP must be prioritised and made available now.
"We are grateful to NAT (National AIDS Trust) for taking this to court and stand with the community in celebrating that the battle has been won, but we cannot call this a true victory until the day that people at highest risk finally have access to this groundbreaking pill that will protect them from HIV."
Read the High Court judgement.