"We are pleased that NHS England has decided to fund the expansion of this successful trial of PrEP, ahead of a planned national rollout as part of our united approach to defeat the spread of HIV."
Responding to an announcement by NHS England that the PrEP Impact Trial will be expanded to 26,000 participants by 2020, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
"We are pleased that NHS England has decided to fund the expansion of this successful trial of PrEP, ahead of a planned national rollout as part of our united approach to defeat the spread of HIV.
“Councils have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in providing sexual health services since taking over responsibility for public health five years ago, and we firmly believe that PrEP could significantly reduce levels of HIV.
“The outcome of the trial, which will be the largest single study of its type in the world, will help inform the potential rolling out of PrEP nationwide. It is crucial that by the end of this trial next year, a clear process for routinely commissioning and funding PrEP on the NHS is agreed.
“This needs to be further supported by reversing the £600 million of public health cuts planned to 2020 as a matter of urgency, to build upon existing prevention measures while also ensuring that other sexual health services are not stretched too thinly to accommodate this extra capacity.”