A controversial issue but a decision has now been made that this drug should be provided by the NHS.
I hope it is as effective during the clinical trial as is expected and eventually, this preventative treatment might save the NHS some money.
A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England. The health service lost a court battle in the summer after arguing responsibility for paying for it should fall to local authorities not the NHS. Now at least 10,000 people will be given the "Prep" drug in a three-year-long clinical trial. NHS England says this will help them understand how to offer it more widely. Pre-exposure prophylaxis or Prep is a daily pill that disables HIV before it gets a stranglehold in the body. It costs £400 a month per person and trials suggest it can cut the risk of being infected by up to 86%.