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THT, NAT & PrEPster respond to budget cut to PrEP in England

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The Department of Health (DoH) has this month told local authorities in England that the budget for rolling out HIV prevention pill PrEP has been cut by £5m, which follows the announcement in March that PrEP access would be uncapped in England from April of this year.Since then, the rollout of PrEP in England has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local authorities are now able to proceed, but the budget committed to by the DoH has been cut from £16m to £11m for PrEP provision until end of March 2021.This significant cut to the budget will impact on the delivery of equitable access to PrEP and will hamper efforts to fulfil the Government’s commitment to ending HIV by 2030.In response to the announcement, HIV organisations Terrence.

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