The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that local authorities will receive £16 million in 2020-2021 to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) routinely available across England as part of Government efforts to end HIV transmission by 2030.
The funding will ensure anyone who is at a high risk of contracting HIV will receive PrEP from their local sexual health clinic.
PrEP is currently available in England through the three-year PrEP impact trial, which has recruited over 20,000 participants. By the end of October 2020, access to PrEP through the PrEP Impact Trial is set to conclude. The roll-out will make the service available to trial participants after the trial concludes
An estimated 103,800 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2018, with 7,500 of those unaware of their infection.
Commenting on the move, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I remember when HIV was a death sentence - and still today, it has a devastating impact on so many lives across the country.”
“While it is encouraging to see HIV transmissions continue to fall across the UK, I am determined to do more, and end HIV transmission. So we are rolling out PrEP and making it available across the country - with evidence showing it almost completely eradicates the chances of getting HIV. This will benefit tens of thousands of people’s lives and drive us towards our ambition of zero HIV transmissions in this decade," he said.