PREP NOISE DEMO for a HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR ALL!
Tuesday 29th March from 4-6pm – NHS England Head Offices – Skipton House. 80 London Road. London. SE1 6LH (nearest tube – Elephant and Castle)
Rest up for the Easter Bank Holiday because straight after WE ARE RISING UP AGAINST OUR GOVERNMENT AND IT’S GREEDY PHARMACEUTICAL SYSTEM CRONIES.
Bring your pots, pans, instruments, music, loudest chants and whatever you have to MAKE SOME NOISE to challenge the ‘HIV Second Silence’. Cuts to services, rising transmission levels and the mistaken belief that HIV was resolved in the 1980s have led people to name this era – the ‘HIV Second Silence’. Watch this brilliant film ‘UK unPREPared’ by Souleyman Messalti
We stand here outside the National Health Service (NHS) England head offices to shout loud and clear! PREP FREE FOR ALL! ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!
On March 21, NHS England stated that “including PReP for consideration in competition with [other treatments] could present risk of legal action,” which makes it abundantly clear that the marketplace has become more important to our governments than public health. The implications are bigger than HIV/AIDS, and illustrate why it is so important to use tax-payers money to expand universal healthcare, not to split it into bits and put it out to tender.
The National Health Service (NHS) is struggling to sustain its objective of providing healthcare for all. Large pharmaceutical companies have too much influence on this, with an eye towards their profit margins. We will continue to rise up against pharmaceutical companies who are making profit at the expense of millions of people’s lives because they are denied access to medication (including PREP) all over the world.
Access to PREP is a pathway to wider provisions to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic at large. Treatment, care, and support can and should be accessible for everyone who needs it. We challenge the austerity-driven narrative that compromises healthcare, and takes health-care workers away from the frontline of care. Epidemics are not inevitable.
It is more than just pills. Economic inequality, and law enforcement, have a severe effect on the populations that are able to access health services, including treatment, care, and support. We must work against the fact that previous campaigns, and indeed much of the current PREP debate, have tended to focus on gay white cisgendered men and their experiences with HIV/AIDS.
Women, along with people who are working class, sex workers, migrants, trans*, and use drugs, and those who are one or more of these categories, are all affected by restrictions on healthcare, as well as other institutions like borders and law enforcement. Everyone deserves to be healthy.
We will continue to confront all the social and medical circumstances which continue to allow the HIV/AIDS epidemic to happen. Violence prevents access to care, and inequality gets in the way of a population being healthy. We need to push against government inaction and pharmaceutical greed.