The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have expressed their support for the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Getting’s announcement of an all-Wales study to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to those who need it in Wales. PrEP is a treatment which can be used to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by up to 86% and has been hailed as a game-changer, however, the initial recommendation of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) was not to fund PrEP on the NHS in Wales.
The study will be delivered by Public Health Wales and the HIV Expert Group and is expected to start this summer.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr Elizabeth Carlin, President of BASHH said:
We are delighted that the Welsh Government has made the decision to provide PrEP for those who need it in Wales by initiating this study. We had been very disappointed in the initial recommendation from the AWMSG and are pleased that people in Wales who would benefit from PrEP will soon be able to access it. This is fantastic news and shows real vision and leadership from the Welsh Government in the fight against HIV.