Statement on PrEP trial in England
NHS England has announced a start date for the PrEP trial and the news that the drug has now been procured for the trial.
Selected clinics will start to enrol people from early September 2017, with full implementation across England by April 2018 at the latest.
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: ‘We’re pleased that NHS England has announced a start date for the much anticipated PrEP trial. This PrEP trial has been gaining momentum in England, and is vital as we work towards ending HIV transmissions across the UK.
'The priority must now be to make sure that the trial reaches everyone at risk of HIV, and that it is rolled out speedily across the whole country, by the end of this year at the very latest. Spring 2018 is not soon enough.
‘Now that the PrEP trial drug has been procured, we’re well on the way to protecting over 10,000 people at risk of HIV. To make sure no-one at risk of HIV is left behind, it is crucial that at the end of this trial in three years time, a clear process for routinely commissioning PrEP on the NHS is agreed.’
NHS England expects sexual health clinics in London, Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield to be some of the first to start enrolling people in September, with more to follow in October.
There is further information on the PrEP Impact Trial website.
Read Ian Green's Huffington Post blog on this announcement