A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England.
REDUCE THE RISK OF HIV
The health service recently lost a court battle in the summer after quarrelling with those responsible for paying for it should fall to local authorities not the NHS.
For a start, at least 10,000 persons will be administer the “Prep ” drug for the three-year-long trial.
NHS England said that this will assist them understand how to use it more widely.
This pre-exposure prophylaxis or Prep is a daily capsule that incapacitates HIV before it takes a stranglehold in the patient’s body.
This drug will costs £400 each month per person and trials has shown that it can cut the risk of being infected by up to 86%.
NHS England,that fought not to offer the drug, has said in a statement that there are “strong” that evidence which suggest that it was effective and good.
But, it said there were still questions to be answered about how it is used on a wide proportion across England.
The current experiment on at least 10,000 people is to know how to get this drugs to the right people, and to know how popular it would be, also for how long they are able to take Prep.
The chairman of NHS England’s group on HIV, Dr Ian Williams said: “This announcement demonstrates NHS England’s commitment to fund Prep and provides the chance to best prepare England for optimal roll-out following this large-scale clinical trial.” and
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“For now, the trial will provide access to Prep for thousands of people most at risk of acquiring HIV.”
Those who are at highest risk of contracting HIV is the Men because they are having sex with men.
One in eight gay men has HIV, in London, while the percentage in the rest of the UK is one in 26.
‘This is about saving lives’
Harry Dodd, 25, is one of about 500 lesbian males in England who are taking Prep as part of a ordeal called Proud.
Harry said: “I’ve seen the panic on the face of previous boyfriends when they are awaiting their [HIV test] results – it’s a huge fear and it affects everything you do”.
“To be able to have sex without having that fear hanging over you all the time is huge.”
He however said that taking Prep has still not become socially acceptable, because of lack of information.
he says. “Too many people seem to think it will encourage a hedonistic lifestyle, but for me this is about saving lives,” and that “People reacted with mistrust when the contraceptive pill for women was first introduced.”
and “For me, taking Prep has helped me to rely again, have relationships and build bridges and that shouldn’t be taken away .”
The medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust,Dr Michael Brady, said the evidence on Prep was “overwhelming” but the brand-new trial could help understand how it will work in real life.
Also that: “However, we do still need answers to many questions about the trial, in terms of how exactly the trial will work in practice, how those at risk will be able to access Prep, no matter where they live, and what will happen after the trial.”
The chief executive of the National Aids Trust, Deborah Gold, said that: “We are absolutely delighted that following our wins in court, NHS England, working with Public Health England and local government, will be now making Prep available on a large scale, and quickly, to those who need it.”
Other NHS who are yet made a decision on Prep are Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland.