NHS England has publicly committed to a “seamless” transition when Impact concludes. What that looks like has not yet been made clear to anyone in the sector, or PrEP users. Changes to local authority funding and years of austerity have made PrEP provision a logistical challenge. Since 2013, sexual health services have fallen under the remit of local authorities. But local authority public health budgets have been slashed by £700m in real terms since 2014. While research suggests PrEP would eventually save the NHS £1bn over 80 years, that benefit would not start to be seen for 30 years, and the costs of the quarterly STI checkups recommended to PrEP users would add strain to threadbare sexual health services. … [Read more...] about A drug can stop HIV infection – so why isn’t it available on the NHS in England?
National hiv testing day
Clinton answers questions from reporters on December 17, 1998, before the start of a meeting with his foreign policy team, including National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, left, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Defense Secretary William Cohen and Vice President Al Gore at the White House. After a December 16 military strike on Iraq, Clinton warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein against threatening his neighbors. Clinton also indicated his determination to complete the operations that continued the next day with renewed bombing of Iraqi sites suspected of housing parts to manufacture weapons of mass destruction. … [Read more...] about Start your Monday smart: Presidents Day, Robert Durst, Roger Stone, Nevada caucuses, Daytona 500
The discussion around Prep has offered hope in this regard. Its introduction has raised many questions, around access, its comparative effectiveness to condoms, and how gay men take care of themselves, and each other. That conversation, more than the pill itself, will prove crucial as we ramp up the final push to lower HIV infections. Silence once equaled death, and still perpetuates an epidemic. As our voices rise again, we can begin to imagine future generations free from HIV. … [Read more...] about Antivirals like Truvada make it possible for gay men to love without a sense of dread