London, UK - 4 December 2016 Responding to NHS England's decision to fund a £10million trial of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV in 10,000 people, Dr Chloe Orkin, Chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), said:
"We are hugely relieved that NHS England has decided to invest in Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). From early 2017, PrEP will be offered to ten thousand people as part of a £10 million trial. It is a really positive step towards making this highly effective, safe intervention available to those at the highest risk of HIV infection. After the trial, NHS England envisions a full roll out.
"We look forward to playing our part in implementing the safe delivery of PrEP. We will work with other agencies and organisations to deliver PrEP and strive to make the 17 new HIV infections that occur each day a thing of the past."
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