Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is urging the Government to ensure PrEP is made available as part of routine sexual health services and to all who need it.
PrEP is a drug taken by ‘at risk’ people, who are currently HIV-negative, that reduces the likelihood of them getting HIV.
“In January this year the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care made the welcome commitment to double the number of places available on the PrEP Impact Trial to 26,000 places. However, this promise has not been fully delivered and inequality in access to PrEP has now widened further.
“With 12 diagnoses of HIV in the UK every day in 2017, PrEP is a critical tool for reducing HIV transmissions – the Government is not going to achieve its commitment to end HIV transmissions in England by 2030 without adequate access to PrEP.
People who need PrEP are being turned away from clinics and are being put at increased risk of HIV. There is now a growing anger among my constituents at the unacceptable postcode lottery to access the drug.
“I am urging the Secretary of State to take action over this unacceptable lack of access to PrEP in England. PrEP stops HIV and I believe that no one who could benefit from it should be refused access.”