This Wednesday morning at the Royal Courts of Justice, the National AIDS Trust are launching a legal battle to push the NHS and the Department of Health into providing the “revolutionary” HIV medication ‘PREP.’ Let’s support them and say loudly ‘WHAT DO WE WANT? PREP! WHEN DO WE WANT IT NOW? NOW!’ Facebook event page here
Last week we took to the streets with the rally outside the Department of Health – see this – this week we will take to the courts. Along with a wide coalition of HIV / AIDS / Healthcare groups, people are standing up in their numbers to demand PREP with one clear vision – ‘Release PREP for all! Healthcare for All!’
Join us Wednesday 13th of July outside the Royal Courts of Justice – 10.00am – Strand, London WC2A 2LL, London. Please wear blue to represent the colour of this life saving drug.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any press / general involvment requests. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) are a group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic.www.actuplondon.wordpress.com
About ‘STAND UP FOR PREP’
Pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a HIV prevention intervention – it can prevent transmission of HIV if taken by those who are HIV negative and at risk of contracting the virus. If taken correctly it is almost 100% effective in preventing HIV, evidence for its effectiveness has been available for over 5 years. PrEP is already available in the US, France, Canada, Kenya and soon to be in Australia and others. HIV prevention involves a combination of approaches, and will continue to do so; this includes condom use, regular HIV testing and ‘treatment as prevention’ (increasing treatment coverage to reduce community viral load). However, the number of newly diagnosed people in the UK has remained the same for the past decade – PrEP has the potential to change this; it is a game changing drug.
NHS England (NHSE) has repeatedly claimed that it is not responsible for the commissioning of PrEP, despite it already commissioning post exposure prophylaxis (PEP – drugs which can prevent transmission of the virus if taken soon enough after exposure). NHSE believe it’s appropriate to delegate such an important public health strategy to 150 separate local authorities. We disagree – this involves zero national strategic direction, not all authorities can afford and this will essentially lead to a HIV postcode lottery. Along with other HIV charities, advocacy groups and professional networks, the National AIDS Trust (NAT) also strongly disagree. NAT are currently challenging this shameful decision through the courts with a judicial review. Learn more about the campaign so far on their website:http://www.nat.org.uk/HIV-in-the-UK/Key-Issues/HIV_Prevention/PrEP_and_PEP.aspx
Transmission rates in the UK have been rising for the past 10 years and are now at their highest ever, despite condoms and anti-retrovirals being available. PrEP is a game-changing new force in the battle against HIV that has the power to change this. 17 people are diagnosed with HIV every day in the UK and this will continue to happen until NHSE accept responsibility and stop causing more and more delays. So far, the NHS has delayed making PrEP available for over 18 months, that’s 9,000 transmissions that could have been different. We have the tools and the evidence to fight this, yet it’s still not happening.
Please join us to be #United4PrEP
STAND UP FOR PrEP!
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