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Terrence Higgins Trust welcomes PrEP trial in Wales as a ‘momentous’ step forward for tackling HIV epidemic

Terrence Higgins Trust welcomes PrEP trial in Wales

Terrence Higgins Trust with PrEP banners in Cardiff

‘Common sense has prevailed’.

Sarah Fuhrmann, National Director for Terrence Higgins Trust in Wales, said:

"We are heartened and relieved that the Welsh government have listened to people affected by HIV, and will make PrEP available to people who need it in Wales, through a three-year trial. 
 
"Although this is not a long-term solution, it is undoubtedly a momentous step forward for Wales, where investment in HIV prevention has been patchy at best.

"Making PrEP available to people at risk of HIV will not only protect them from a lifelong and stigmatised condition, it will also save our NHS £360,000 in lifetime treatment costs for every person who would have become HIV positive without PrEP. Common sense has prevailed.

"A trial is only ever a temporary answer, however, and we will be looking to the government to commit to making PrEP routinely available in Wales for those at risk, as Scotland has already done. We must not see the same delays or uncertainty that we’ve seen in England around PrEP.

"Nevertheless this is a welcome step and we hope the trial paves the way for a long-term home for PrEP on the NHS in Wales."

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