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PrEP: Preventative HIV drug available in England from April

A drug which prevents HIV infections is to be made available on the NHS this year in a move to try and eliminate new transmissions of the virus within the decade.

From April, pre-exposure prophylaxis – known as PrEP – will be made routinely available to patients deemed to be at greater risk of catching HIV.

“This will benefit tens of thousands of people’s lives, and drive us towards our ambition of zero HIV transmissions in this decade.”

Mr Hancock said having HIV was once a “death sentence” and it still has “a devastating impact on so many lives across the country”.

The Department of Health said local authorities will be given funding from April, with £16 million to be made available in 2020/21, to commission services in England for the first time to patients.