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NHS to fund large trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6537 (Published 05 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6537
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

NHS England has announced that it will fund a large clinical trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV in at least 10 000 people over the next three years.

The initiative follows a legal battle over who should fund PrEP. NHS England initially took the position that local councils should commission preventative services such as PrEP1 and reiterated this in May after taking legal advice.2 But the High Court ruled in August that NHS England had responsibility.3

NHS England appealed against this decision …

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