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GMHC's Response to NHS England's Decision to Decline Commission of Prep

5.31.2016

 

GMHC

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 1, 2016
Contact: Anthony Hayes | 917-601-0410 | AnthonyH@gmhc.org
 

STATEMENT
 

New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement in response to NHS England's decision to decline to commission the HIV-prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) that can reduce people's changes of being infected with HIV by up to 99 percent, if taken daily.

STATEMENT BY GMHC'S VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS & POLICY ANTHONY HAYES:

NHS England's decision to once again decline to commission PrEP, a drug endorsed by the World Health Organization and available in countries including the US, Canada, France, Kenya and Israel, is a step backward in the fight to end HIV and AIDS. PrEP is a tool that, when used in combination with traditional prevention techniques, can help curb the epidemic for good.

People should not be restricted from accessing this lifesaving tool, simply because of the country they live in. PrEP is a key part of New York State's vision for ending the epidemic by 2020, and GMHC is proud to support the widespread use of this tool - in the United States, and across the nation.  


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