4000 new places will be added to PrEP trial

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London Councils have agreed to add 4,000 new places to an NHS England PrEP trial in the wake of oversubscribing their initial program. The announcement came on the PrEP Impact Trial, and said they would be implemented in the coming weeks. In January, NHS England backed plans for London places on the trial to be doubled after it was reported that many clinics had reached capacity and were turning gay and bisexual men away. The drug has not got the NHS subsidizing. Two-thirds of London sites involved in the trial are currently unable to offer gay and bisexual men places as they have reached capacity. Responding to the decision to add 4,000 new places, Councillor Ray Puddifoot, London Councils Executive Member for Health & Care hopes for the support from the British Government and NHS in PrEP provision. Meanwhile, Debbie Laycock, head of policy with the Terrence Higgins Trust, welcomed the news and said “some leadership” is being shown.

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