London Councils has welcomed NHS England's announcement that new places for the PrEP Impact Trial will start to be released.
A London Councils spokesperson said:
“We welcome NHS England making more places available on the PrEP Impact Trial.
“HIV prevention is a priority public health issue for London boroughs and we work collaboratively through the London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP), which has made a major contribution to the capital’s progress on reducing HIV rates.
“PrEP is an important part of our combination approach to HIV prevention. Commissioners are in advanced planning with the PrEP Programme Oversight Board to support the increase of clinic places so more people can access PrEP. We are now looking to commissioners to deliver these increases as quickly as possible, while also ensuring they are carefully planned and sustainable.”
Notes to Editors:
- Facilitated by London Councils following the transfer of public health responsibilities to local government, the LHPP was established by the boroughs in 2014 in response to the previous decade’s increasing HIV rates in the capital. The LHPP oversees a free condom distribution scheme, provides outreach services targeting at-risk groups such as men who have sex with men, and runs the award-winning Do It London public awareness campaign which provides all Londoners with information about HIV prevention.
- Since 2014, London has made remarkable progress in addressing the HIV challenge. The most recent figures from Public Health England revealed a substantial decrease in London’s HIV diagnosis rates of 21 per cent in 2016-17.
- London has joined the worldwide Fast-Track Cities initiative and is committed to achieving three ambitious HIV goals by 2030: zero new transmissions, zero deaths, and zero stigma