PrEP will help us beat HIV

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I have consistently called for the roll out of this drug, particularly within high-risk group to help us beat this virus.

Following the announcement on PrEP, on Tuesday 22 March 2016, I called on the Health Minister Jane Ellison to recognise the short-sightedness of this decision and asked her whether she agreed with me that to abandon the roll-out of this game changing drug will totally fail those at risk from contracting HIV. You can watch the video of my intervention in the House of Commons here.

You may also be interested to read an article I wrote for HIV testing Week & World AIDS Day back in December 2015 on the need to introduce PrEP and do more to tackle social stigma surrounding this condition. My article can be found here.

35 million people are living with HIV across the world. 110,000 are living with HIV here in the UK, and at least 26,000 of those do not even know they have it. Of this total, over 30% are from Sub-Saharan Africa, despite this group only accounting for just over 1.8% of the total UK population. The picture gets worse in London, where 1 in 8 sexually active gay and bisexual men have now contracted the virus. As an active member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS I will continue to raise this important issue in parliament.

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Catherine West MP

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