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Mulholland supports calls for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention to be made available on the NHS

May 11, 2017 2:37 PM

Greg Mulholland, the Liberal Democrat candidate standing in Leeds North West, has welcomed a commitment to ensure access to the HIV prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on the NHS for people in high-risk groups, which has been announced as part of the Liberal Democrat's election manifesto.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection by 86%.

Despite its proven efficacy and potential to deliver long-term savings, the NHS has yet to approve its use, and it is currently only available in the UK through a private prescription that costs approximately £400 for a month's supply.

Greg headshotGreg Mulholland stated:

"I am pleased that this commitment has been included in our manifesto, given the impact that PrEP would have on the rates of HIV infection, and it is vital that this drug is made available.

"This drug is incredibly effective in preventing HIV infection and this is far more effective than trying to treat people once they are infected."

Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

"PrEP is a vital weapon in the fight against HIV, and it's high time that it was made routinely available to those who are at risk of infection.

"The Liberal Democrats in Parliament have led calls for PrEP to be made available to all high-risk groups.

"We know that PrEP is highly effective in reducing transmission of the virus. Prevention is always better than treatment, so it makes absolutely no sense to delay roll-out of the drug any longer."

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"Offering PrEP on the NHS is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do, the needs of the communities this affects have been ignored for too long.

"The Liberal Democrats will act quickly to fix this injustice."

PrEP user and campaigner Nick Perry said:

"It's absolutely right for the Liberal Democrats to press the NHS to get on with commissioning a wholly effective and proven HIV prevention tool - PrEP - across the UK.

"Prevention isn't just better than cure clinically - trials and modelling have shown it to be highly cost- effective too.

"Each day 16 more people in the UK are diagnosed HIV positive.

"The end of new HIV infections is in our grasp, and the NHS needs to make it happen."