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HIV prevention drug backed for NHS use in Scotland

Type: News Item Date Published: 11th April 2017

People at the greatest risk of HIV in Scotland will soon be able to access PrEP.

People at the greatest risk of HIV in Scotland will soon be able to access PrEP following a decision by the body which assesses drugs for use on the NHS.
PrEP (or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to give it its full name) involves the use of HIV drugs by those without the virus as a means of preventing infection.
The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced that NHS boards across the country are able to offer the HIV prevention measure to people who are at the greatest risk and meet certain criteria.
The SMC’s decision was welcomed by a group of charities including HIV Scotland, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, Waverley Care, and NAT (National AIDS Trust), which had campaigned as The Prep4Scotland Coalition.
In a statement, they said: “We applaud the SMC for taking this bold step to tackling HIV in Scotland.”
“Prep provides opportunities to reinvigorate how people at higher risk of HIV exposure engage with testing and prevention opportunities, and it is a vital opportunity to make a real reduction in the number of new HIV transmissions.”
“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.”
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