Patients could access a “transformative” HIV prevention treatment as early as August
Trial drugs could be available “from early August” with at least 10,000 people expected to be enrolled on the trial over the next three years, Mr Brine said in response to a written parliamentary question from shadow public health minister Sharon Hodgson.
Mr Brine said: “NHS England and Public Health England announced in December 2016 that up to £10 million is to be made available to run a three-year trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis to answer outstanding questions about future access and implementation.
The drug reduces the risk of infection in high-risk individuals by around 86%
“Following the drug procurement, NHS England expects to be able to confirm the award of the final contract no later than the first week of August, meaning trial drugs could be available from early August, in readiness for the trial to begin once ethics approval is received and trial sites are prepared.” American actor Charlie Sheen has announced that he is HIV positive in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s TODAY show in New York City.
Prince Harry meets man testing for HIV in Singapore “The Government promised a trial late last year but have only got round to ensuring the trial begins now, and have unnecessarily caused delays and worries for those hoping to have access to this life-saving drug.