HIV Infection: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th March 2021.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to include the HIV prevention drug PrEP in the Core GP contract.

Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to develop a Patient Group Direction so that the HIV prevention drug PrEP can be made available in pharmacies.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In March 2020, we announced that the HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be routinely available across England in 2020/21. This year we provided £11 million to local authorities for routine commissioning of PrEP and this is now in place in the majority of areas in the country. Routine commissioning of PrEP, alongside other measures, will take us closer to our ambition of zero new HIV transmissions in England by 2030.

Provision of PrEP, including the settings in which PrEP should be made available outside of specialist sexual health services, will be considered as part of the development of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and HIV Action Plan, which we plan to publish in 2021.

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