Apr 10, 2017

NHS Scotland to fund 'game-changer' Prep HIV drug

The anti-retroviral drug is already licensed for use by people diagnosed with HIV in Scotland. Taking it once a day has been found to reduce the risk of HIV infection by 86%. It is currently used in the US, Canada, Australia and France to help protect gay men at the highest risk of contracting HIV. The decision on Prep was welcomed by a group of charities, including HIV Scotland and the Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, which had campaigned as The Prep4Scotland Coalition. "All NHS Boards in Scotland need to now follow the SMC's advice and ensure they're making Prep available to those who need it, so that no-one at risk is left behind." "Not only will this make a life-changing difference to individuals by protecting them from a lifelong and stigmatised condition, but for every person who would have become HIV positive without Prep, NHS Scotland will save £360,000 in lifetime treatment costs." HIV Scotland believes the use of Prep has played a part in reducing the number of HIV infections in Scotland.

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