Post World AIDS Day – Extension of HIV prevention programme – NHS England and PHE

Following the commemoration of World AIDS day on the 1st of December, the National Health Service (NHS) England have decided to fund a major extension to the national HIV prevention programme. This is aimed at supporting those most at risk and reducing the incidence of HIV infection. The NHS has also decided to routinely commission 10 new specialised treatments as part of the annual prioritisation process for specialised treatments.

The new HIV initiative is joint between NHS England and Public Health England (PHE), and follows the recent Court of Appeal ruling that NHS England, alongside local authorities, has the power, although not the obligation, to fund the provision of anti-retroviral drugs for the prevention of HIV, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

The first phase of implementation will be the launch of a large scale clinical trial early in the 2017 to 2018 financial year.

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